Kenya Airways releases its operating results for the third quarter ended 31st Dec 2009.
The airline put into the market place capacity of 3,179m seat kilometres representing a year on year growth of 5%. This increase, though largely attributable to the successful launches of operations into seven new destinations within Africa in 2009, was adversely impacted by the delayed replacement of one B767 whose lease expired within the first quarter of the year. The reduction of global traffic also necessitated tactical capacity cut-backs in Europe and Asia.
Capacity offered in Europe only declined by 3% over prior year despite significant reductions in London and Amsterdam driven by the global economic crisis. The capacity reduction was partly mitigated by additional frequencies mounted to Charles de Gaulle in order to take advantage of our expanded network into the Francophone Africa. The Mid East, Far East and Asia regions also registered a capacity decline of 3% over prior year mainly due to change in operations into Guangzhou now connecting through Bangkok instead of Dubai, as well as operational constraints occasioned by fewer wide body aircraft
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