Kenya: Press Releases:Safaricom to Discontinue Unlimited Data Bundle
Monday, 30 April 2012
The company put into the market place capacity totalling 3,290m seat kilometres which was at par with last year’s level. There were compensating changes evidenced in the network with incremental destinations launched to Jeddah (Saudi Arabia), N’djamena (Chad) and Ouagadougou (Burkina Faso) while Europe shrunk due to capacity rationalisation.|
The capacity into Middle East, Far East and India regions grew by 3.6% mainly on the Bombay and Bangkok-Hong-Kong routes. Capacity offered into Europe shrunk by 5.0% compared to the same quarter of prior year largely due to low loads to Rome and London. This was as a result of frequency reduction to London and aircraft downgrade to Rome from the larger B767 aircraft to the smaller B737.
The Northern Africa region grew by 4.2% in capacity owing to the introduction of double dailies to Juba in Southern Sudan on the Embraer aircraft to meet the growing demand for business travellers. Capacity availed into the East African region shrunk by 21.2% compared to last year as a result of operating combined flights to Bujumbura and Kigali as opposed to direct flights evidenced last year.
Strategically delinking Harare, Lilongwe and Gaborone from the circular routes resulted in a capacity growth by 10.4% in Southern Africa. West Africa capacity grew by 8.3% mainly from new circular routes to Cotonou linking N’djamena and Ouagadougou. Capacity offered in the Central Africa region shrunk by 12.9% mainly due to reduced demand as a result of suspending combined flights to Malabo via Douala and Kisangani via Entebbe.
In the domestic front, capacity reduced by 10.6% compared to same period prior year. This was as a result of capacity rationalisation mainly on the Mombasa route. Kisumu registered a 20.7% growth in capacity through increased frequencies. The route had an average of 25 flights per week.
Uptake of total production at 2,241m revenue passenger kilometres was 1.6% above last year. Southern Africa led the growth regions with a record of 20.3%. The total passenger number of 832,366 increased by 5.2% on prior year’s resulting to an improved average cabin factor of 68.1%, compared to 66.7%.
Cargo tonnage at 14,909 increased by 4.1% compared to last year, showing an improved business environment and increased sales efforts.
Passenger uplift to Europe at 113,184 was a reduction on last year’s level of 118,035 following the 5% capacity reduction. This resulted in a 70.5% seat occupancy level that was marginally better than prior year’s level of 69.7%.
In the Middle East, Far East and India regions, uplifted passenger traffic stood at 117,543 an increase of 6.0%, against a capacity growth of 3.6%. The realised cabin factor of 74.6% was at par with prior year.
Within Africa, but excluding Kenya, passengers uplifted totalled 419,877, indicating a growth of 8.3% on the back of 2.1% capacity growth. The resultant passenger cabin factor of 62.2% was 2.8 percentage points higher compared to same period last year.
Passengers uplifted within Kenya at 181,762 showed a 4.2% growth. The resulting cabin factor of 73.5% was above 63.8% achieved last year, indicating an improvement of 9.7%.