Kenya Airways has announced that passengers increased by 15.4 per cent in the third quarter of 2011 compared with the same period the previous year.

Passengers on European routes showed an increase of 5.4 per cent thanks to direct flights to Rome and more weekend flights to London.

Traffic on inter-African routes increased by 4.2 per cent over the same period thanks to better services in Mozambique, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Mali, Senegal and Cameroon.

Within Kenya itself passengers increased by 22.4 per cent. This was largely due to services on the Malindi and Kisumu routes and to the Mombasa shuttle with 10 flights a day between Mombasa and Nairobi.

However Kenya Airways has issued a profit warning for the year ending March 2012 because of the eurozone debt crisis, the political instability in Egypt and the increase in fuel prices.