Nairobi records 22% growth in domestic air travel capacity

As per a new report by ForwardKeys, Nairobi is the only city in Africa whose airports are recording higher growth for domestic capacity than that of international capacity, with a growth of 22%.

The firm compares Nairobi’s trend to most of the other top 10 African Airports ranked by a total scheduled capacity for August to December 2017, which are seeing more growth in international than in domestic capacity.

With a focus on the East African Community (EAC), the report further indicates that Nairobi airports have a total scheduled capacity (August to December 2017) of 18% in domestic seats, 31% in long-haul international seats and a 51% capacity in intra-Africa international seats. Of these, Jomo Kenyatta International Airport’s scheduled capacity is 13% and 5% long-haul and intra-Africa international seats respectively within the same period under review.

“The trend is encouraging for aviation players. As a travel agent, we anticipate a surge in flight bookings in the last half of 2017. Most inspiring is the contribution of Kenyans and other members of the East African Community to domestic travel. It reflects our confidence in our own tourism products with Kenya’s tourism domestic spending recording 59% against 41% foreign visitor spending,” says Cyrus Onyiego, Jumia Travel Kenya Country Manager.

Collectively, the African continent continues to record positive performance, welcoming an increase in international arrivals of 14% in 2017 to date. In a parallel report by the International Air Transport Association (IATA), global passenger traffic data for June showed that demand (measured in total revenue passenger kilometres) increased by 7.8% compared to 2016 and from May’s record of 7.7% growth. All regions, according to IATA, reported growth.