Kenya Airways has released its operating results for the third quarter ended 31st December 2012. The Company put into the market a total capacity of 3,613m seat kilometres which was 1.1% above the prior year’s level. The growth during the period can be attributed to the introduction of flights to Eldoret, Kilimanjaro and New Delhi. The capacity into the Middle and Far East regions grew by 19.4%, which was largely driven by New Delhi, a new entrant into the region. Capacity offered into Europe shrunk by 26.6% compared to the same quarter of prior year owing to capacity rationalisation occasioned by the Euro-zone crisis and the suspension of the Rome flights.
The Northern Africa region grew by 2.8% owing to increased frequencies to Djibouti via Addis Ababa and use of the larger Embraer 190 fleet as opposed to Embraer 170 used in the same quarter of the prior year. Capacity into the East African region grew by 22.7%. This was mostly due to increased deployment of larger equipment.
Capacity in the southern Africa region grew by 6.8% mainly from the increase in frequency to Nampula and Harare via Gaborone. The west African region grew by 5.6% mainly in the Cotonou and Dakar routes. The Boeing 777-200 was deployed on the Kinshasa route as a result of increased demand of cargo and excess baggage. This led to a Central African region growth of 28.6%.
On the domestic front, capacity shrunk by 1.4% compared to a similar period in the prior year despite the initiation of an Eldoret route. This was as a result of rationalisation of the Mombasa operations from the larger B737 aircraft to the smaller Embraer 190. Capacity to Kisumu grew by 15.4% owing to the use of the larger Embraer 190 fleet to capture the increased traffic.
Traffic measured in revenue passenger kilometres at 2,519m was 1.7% below similar period last year. Europe recorded the highest reduction owing to the economic challenges facing the Euro-Zone economies that necessitated capacity cutbacks. The total passenger tally, which closed at 991,149, indicates a growth of 3.6% compared to similar period last year. The resultant cabin factor at 69.7% was lower than prior year’s 71.7%.
Passenger uplift to Europe at 95,036 was a reduction from last year’s level of 117,527 following the capacity reduction referred to above. This led to an 81.7% seat occupancy, an improvement of 8.3% over last year. In the Middle East, Far East and India regions, uplifted passenger traffic at 151,100 showed an improvement of 15.2%. However, the realised cabin factor of 69.3% was below the prior year’s level of 75.4%. Within Africa but excluding Kenya, passengers uplifted totalled 516,894 indicating a growth of 2.9% on the back of 10.1% capacity growth.
The resultant passenger cabin factor of 63.6% was 4.5 percentage points lower than a similar period last year. Passengers uplifted within Kenya at 228,119 increased by 10.9%. The resulting cabin factor of 81.5% was above the 74.6% achieved last year. Cargo capacity dropped 10.7% with a proportionate decline in tonnage during the period. The pricing environment remained positive across the network.
Source = Kenya Airways