Kenya Airways passenger traffic down 4.5% in Q1

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Kenya Airways's passenger traffic as measured in RPKs fell 4.5% year-on-year in the first quarter of 2012.

For the three months to 30 June, both capacity and passenger numbers remained flat when compared with the same period in 2011.

Capacity for the Middle East and Southeast Asia regions grew by 15%, while for Europe it shrunk by 18.8% due to falling demand caused by the Eurozone crisis.

Within its home continent, capacity for northern Africa grew by 21.2% and for southern Africa it grew by 1.3%. Western Africa saw a 6.7% increase in ASKs, while domestic capacity fell 5%.

Passenger load factor for the period fell to 65.5%. Cargo capacity fell by 7.6%, with tonnage down 3.9%.