Kenya Airways passenger traffic down 1.7% in Q3

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Kenya Airways reported a 1.7% year-on-year decline in passenger traffic in the third quarter of its 2012/13 fiscal year.

Capacity for the three months to 31 December 2012 increased 1.1% overall. In the Middle East and Southeast Asia regions it was up 19.4% combined, while in Europe it fell by 26.6%.

The airline attributes its falling European traffic to the Eurozone financial crisis coupled with the suspension of Rome flights.

Capacity in North Africa grew by 2.8% due in large part to increased frequencies on its route to Djibouti via Addis Ababa.

Capacity in east Africa grew 22.7% due to deployment of larger aircraft, while capacity in southern Africa grew by 6.8%. In west Africa it was up 5.6%, driven by the Cotonou and Dakar routes.

Domestic capacity within Kenya fell by 1.4% year-on-year, despite the introduction of a new route to Eldoret plus aircraft upgrades to Kisumu. The decline was due to falling capacity to Mombasa.

Overall passenger numbers for the quarter increased 3.6% to 991,000.

Passenger load factor fell 2 percentage points to 69.7%. Cargo capacity fell by 10.7% with a "proportionate" decline in tonnage, Kenya Airways says, without giving the exact number.