Kenya Airways posted an operating profit of Ksh 0.9 billion for the six months ended in September 2016 from an operating loss of Ksh 2.2 billion in 2015.
The improvement in operating performance was underpinned by growth in cabin factor by 3.3 per cent during the period, with an increase of passenger numbers by 89,000 to 2.2 million and lower operating costs made possible by fleet rationalisation in line with the recovery strategy ‘Operation Pride’.
According to Kenya Airways CEO Mbuvi Ngunze, Passenger numbers grew by 4.2 percent to a total of 2.2 million in the first half of FY 2016/2017 and traffic across Africa grew by 14 per cent.
“Lower operating costs were made possible by fleet rationalisation in line with the recovery strategy ‘Operation Pride’,”he said on Thursday.
“KQ’s turnaround strategy ‘Operation Pride’ continues to be the main focus of the company,” CFO, Murianki. This entails closing the profitability gap, refocusing the business model as well as optimising the capital of the company.