Kenya Airways harps over lion’s share in ferrying passengers from Nairobi

A Kenya Airways Boeing 777-200ER lands at Hong Kong International Airport in 2012. Photo : Sergey Kustov

Addis-Ababa, Ethiopia (ADV) – Kenya Airways, one of Africa’s leading airlines, is harping over the lion’s share it was taking from the passengers it was transporting across the world from the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA).

In a statement on Wednesday, the outfit said it snatched a record increase of 13 percent of passenger that travelled on board from JKIA in October 2018 alone.

The 13 percent increase is a rise from the figure recorded the same month in 2017 to hit 665,413 passengers.

Affectionately known as KQ, Kenya Airways said that the aircraft movement increased by 3.4 percent to record a movement of 9,604 aircraft over the same period.

The statement explained that the amount of cargo handled during the same period rose by 38 percent to stand at 35,610,423.00 kilograms recorded over the period under review.

KQ’s top foreign destinations by passengers over the period under review from JKIA included Dubai, Amsterdam, Johannesburg, Addis Ababa and Entebbe.

Last week, African Union’s High Representative for Infrastructure Development, Raila Odinga,named Kenya Airways as one of the leading five outfits that were boosting intra African trade true direct flights on the continent.

Odinga said Ethiopia topped the list with 30 flighes follwed by Kenya Airways (28), Morocco (27), South Africa (25) and Nigeria (20).

But the Dakar stopover in West Africa where KQ flies to Europe and the United States still remains a major attraction over the last three decades.

© Bur-csa – N.A / From our regional correspondent Tamba Jean-Matthew III – African Daily Voice (ADV) – Follow us on Twitter : @ADVinfo_eng