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KQ passenger traffic declines in all destinations

09 November 2013, 10:29

Nairobi - Kenya's national carrier, Kenya Airways, said Friday its passenger traffic declined in Africa, Europe, Middle East and Far East regions from July to September.

The airline carrier said passenger traffic to Africa declined by 2.4 percent in Africa, riding on an 8.0 percent capacity reduction compared to the same period of last year.

Kenya Airways, one of the most successful airlines in Africa, also registered a decline in its passenger traffic to Middle East and Far East regions by 6.3 percent compared to last year.

"In the Middle East and Far East regions, uplifted passenger traffic at 146,091 showed a 6.3 percent decline on prior year. However, the achieved cabin factor of 73.8 percent was 0.9 percent percentage points better than last year," the airline said in a statement issued in Nairobi.

Kenya Airways, which plans to introduce daily flights to Guangzhou, China later this month, said Africa's achieved passenger cabin factor of 63.3 percent was 2.7 points lower than that of prior year.

"The introduction of daily operations to Guangzhou via Bangkok coupled with the commencement of services to Abu Dhabi spurred the growth of Middle East and Far East regions combined by only 1.7 percent compared to same period last year," it said.

"This was the result of capacity rationalization in the Middle East region that saw the replacement of the larger B777s operations to Mumbai with the B767s and reduced frequencies to Delhi and Jeddah," it said.

Passengers flown to Europe were 129,006 with a decline of 3.9 percent compared to last year, on the back of 7.8 percent capacity reduction.

The achieved seat occupancy level of 85.5 percent is higher than that of the prior year at 82.7 percent, it said.

- Xinhua


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