1 Passengers flown
The airline put into the marketplace capacity totaling 3.517 million available seats per kilometres (ASK), which was a 1.5% decline compared to the same period last year following the withdrawal of the B777s from the network. Despite the reduced capacity, the airline increased the seats flown during the period by 1.6%, to 1.58 million.
The airline revised its network to improve connectivity through its Nairobi hub and intensify its reach in Africa. This saw capacity deployed within Africa grow by 15%, achieved through increased frequencies to some destinations and the upgrade from B737s to B787s and from Embraer E190 to B737s on certain routes.
3 Fleet utilisation
Capacity deployed into the Middle East and India was rationalised from the wide-bodied B777s to B787s and narrow-bodied B737s, resulting in a 28% drop compared to the same period last year. Capacity to the Far East region was at par to prior year, while that to Europe reduced by 17% following the replacement of the B777s with the more fuel-efficient B787s and a change of operations on the London route.
4 Revenue Passenger Kilometres
Traffic measured in Revenue Passenger Kilometres (RPKs) stood at 2,332 million, which was at par with last year. The African market compared positively with the prior year, with western Africa reporting the highest increase at 15%, due to the resumption of flights after the Ebola epidemic and the reintroduction of flights to Bangui. An increase in frequency to Djibouti via Addis Ababa resulted in a growth of 9% in the northern African region.
Despite the decrease of capacity in Europe, the uptake of traffic declined by only 8% compared to the same period last year. Changes to the fleet on the India routes led to a reduction in traffic by 15%, while the Middle East and Far East regions were at par with prior year.
5 Passenger numbers
Passenger numbers in West Africa increased by 28% to 85,079, while there was an increase in Central and North Africa of 20% (44,887) and 2% (48,628) respectively. The Middle East region was at par with the prior year while the Far East and Europe showed a decline of 6% and 7% respectively. Passengers carried in India were 14% down despite the capacity reduction of 28%.
6 Cabin factor
During the period the airline’s cabin factor improved from 65.2% to 66.3%. More effective utilisation of available fleet saw the European market achieve a cabin factor of 77%, representing a 12% improvement over the prior period. Cabin factor in the Indian region grew by 18% year on year. Within Africa, northern Africa shed 10%, while western and Central Africa showed growth of 8% and 6% respectively.
Kenya Airways supports key events
The Magical Kenya Travel Expo in Nairobi (12-14 October) is expected to attract 180 hosted buyers from 35 countries seeking to learn more about Kenya’s tourism product from 150 exhibitors. The Expo is an increasingly valuable event in the promotion of Kenya’s tourism sector, which is enjoying continued growth. The inaugural Africa Health Business Symposium will take place in Nairobi from 6-7 October, with regional federations congregating to form a unified platform, Africa Healthcare Federation. Ministries of health, opinion leaders and captains of the healthcare industry will chart a roadmap for a stronger health sector across the continent.