KENYA AIRWAYS Q2 INDICATORS SLIGHTLY DOWN
(Posted 11th November 2013)
Kenya Airways’ performance during the second quarter of the year was ever so slightly down from a year ago, largely centred around a 7.8 percent capacity reduction on routes to Europe, where for instance the daylight flights to London were halted until demand justifies their re-introduction.
North African destinations saw a decline in capacity by nearly 28 percent, mainly as a result of the turmoil in Egypt which depressed demand and led to a suspension of services until the political situation has stabilized again.
The introduction of a third daily flight to Juba helped to cushion that capacity decline as South Sudan is geographically bundled with the airline’s North African destinations, a remnant from the days of the united Sudan, something which however is soon to change should South Sudan stay on course to join the East African Community.
Overall passengers carried in Q2 were 500.117, a decline of 2.4 percent compared to a capacity reduction of 8 percent, due to reasons explained.
On the upside will nonstop flights to Guangzhou commence on November 19th, initially 3 times a week with 4 more flights routing via Bangkok. The B777-300ER will make her commercial maiden flights on that day and the improved cabin comfort will no doubt be taken up by the market in both Africa – for passengers to China – as well as in China itself from where increasing numbers of travelers fly with Kenya Airways to Nairobi and beyond.
Meanwhile has Kenya Airways been named as the most punctual airline in London Heathrow, with all departures in October on time and only 10 percent of the incoming flights slightly delayed. This compares to an overall statistic of 75 percent of departures and 71 percent of arrivals being on time. Kenya Airways outranked other leading African airlines by a wide margin as Air Mauritius ranked 27th, South African Airways ranked on place 33 in terms of punctuality, Ethiopian came in as number 44 and Egypt Air was places in 78th place.
A full Q2 financial and operational report should be available in due course and interesting and relevant details will be shared right here of course.