Kenya Airways profits jump 24 percent

Kenya Airways has reported a jump in annual after-tax profit to 4.83 billion Kenya shillings ($66.8 million) from 3.88 billion as the use of bigger planes led to increased passengers and cargo. Passenger numbers increased by 17 percent to 2.4 million during the year ended March 31, which the airline attributed to its bigger Boeing 777 aircraft on routes to Europe, Asia and the Middle East.

“Strong passenger growth ... was experienced in Europe following the successful deployment there of three Boeing 777 aircraft,” the company said in its statement on Wednesday.