Kenya Airways’ cargo climbs

A SHARP recovery in the perishable-goods sector has helped to boost Kenya Airway’s cargo volumes in the first quarter. The airline saw volumes up 5.2 per cent at 14,326 tonnes.

This positive trend looks to continue when the airline acquires its first freighter in September. The 737-300 aircraft, to be acquired on a lease agreement, has a capacity of 19 tonnes per trip, and will serve the growing demand on the Africa and Asia routes.

The airline, which is 26 per cent owned by France-KLM, increased destinations in 2010 to Juba (Southern Sudan), Luanda (Angola), Malindi (Kenya), Muscat (Oman), Nampula (Mozambique) and Rome (Italy).

Kenya Airways also has new routes planned to Abuja (Nigeria), Beirut (Lebanon), Jeddah (Saudi Arabia) and Ouagadougou (Burkina Faso).

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