Kenya Airways records 35 percent passenger growth in December

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NAIROBI, Kenya – National flag carrier Kenya Airways has announced a 35% increase in domestic passenger volume through the month of December.

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NAIROBI, Kenya – National flag carrier Kenya Airways has announced a 35% increase in domestic passenger volume through the month of December. This increase reflects a growth in domestic flights which is almost double to December 2009.

The airline attributes the dramatic growth to increased capacity in “shuttle type” frequencies and the renewal of Malindi as a destination for the domestic market. Chief Operating Officer, Mr. Bram Steller, recently remarked that, “We are delighted with the positive response that our customers have shown towards shuttle type frequencies in various domestic destinations that we operate, further reaffirming that our continued focus to grow the domestic market is paying off.”

During December, Kenya Airways increased frequency of daily flights to the coastal city of Mombasa from 7 to as many as 16 flights daily just before and after Christmas. Mr. Steller commented further that apart from increased demand for air travel to the coast during the holidays, the increase in frequency to Kisumu of 4 flights per day, the reopening of the Malindi route, and the introduction of dedicated service to the coast, dubbed the “Mombasa Shuttle,” have all contributed to the spike in passenger volumes. He stressed that the airline remains fully committed to offering a superior, value-driven product that gives travelers a reason to choose Kenya Airways over the competition. “We’ve already seen very strong customer response to our more flexible and aggressive pricing strategy and continued focus on customer service excellence plus ‘On Time Performance.’ It has all led to record bookings over the past month.”

Mr. Steller added that Kenya Airways would consistently remain on a drive to build its fleet and to grow operational efficiency for both passengers and the airline. “To this end, we have acquired additional aircraft including 2 Boeing 737-300 and 2 Embraer 170s, and recently our first Embraer 190 to meet the growing demand for both domestic and regional services.”


Kenya Airways (KQ), the Pride of Africa, operates the largest and most modern fleet in Africa and is the state and flag carrier for the republic of Kenya. It currently consists of 29 aircraft and flies to 50 destinations in Africa, Europe, Middle East, and Far East. The on-board service is renowned and the flat-bed business class seat on the wide-bodied is consistently voted among the world’s top 10. Most recently, Kenya Airways has scooped top awards at the Africa Investor (AI) Tourism Investor Awards and was declared the Business Airline of the Year. In order to meet the airline’s primary goal to be the carrier of choice to Africa, they have established strategic alliances through SkyTeam partners and interline agreements with Virgin Atlantic Airways, American Airlines, and Air Canada. These relationships ensure seamless and convenient connections from all over North America to Nairobi, Kenya, and points beyond all over Africa.


The Kenya Airways fleet comprises four Boeing 777-200ERs, six Boeing 767-300ERs, five Boeing 737-800s, four Boeing 737-700s, five Boeing 737-300s, and five Embraer E170LRs – 29 aircraft in total.


Kenya Airways is based in Nairobi, Kenya and flies to:

AFRICA: Abidjan, Accra, Addis Ababa, Antananarivo, Bamako, Bangui, Brazzaville, Bujumbura, Cairo, Cotonou, Dakar, Dar-es-Salaam, Djibouti, Douala, Dzaoudzi, Entebbe, Free Town, Gaborone, Harare, Johannesburg, Khartoum, Kigali, Kilimanjaro, Kinshasa, Lagos, Libreville, Lilongwe, Lubumbashi, Lusaka, Luanda, Malabo, Monrovia, Moroni, Ndola, Seychelles, Yaounde, Zanzibar
Far East, Asia, Middle East: Bangkok, Dubai, Guangzhou, Hong Kong, Mumbai, Muscat

EUROPE: Amsterdam, Paris, London, Rome

DOMESTIC: Kisumu, Mombasa, Nairobi (HUB)

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