The Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) has disclosed that a total of 16,371,674 local and international air passengers flew through the nation’s airports in 2018 as Murtala Mohammed International Airport Ikeja (MMIA) and Nnamdi Azikwe International Airport Abuja topped the list.
The two leading airports handled the highest numbers of passengers, with 4, 254,147 (local passengers)/3,045,383 (international passengers) and 3,863,083 (local passengers)/1,015,983 (international passengers) respectively to their credits.
The figure was contained in the Harmonised Passenger Movements January-December, 2018 released by the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) recently, noting that the 2018 overall figure of 16,371,674 was 2,665,300 higher than 13,706,374 passengers recorded by the airports in 2017, a 19.4 percent growth.
The airport in the oil city of Port Harcourt was running after the two airports in Lagos and Abuja with a total of 1,072,978 (local passengers) and 90,192 (international passengers).
Although the airport in Port Harcourt came third on the list but the Aminu Kano International Airport in the commercial city of Kano air freighted more passengers on the international scene than the Port Harcourt airport as it lifted 175, 052 against 90,192 lifted by the Port Harcourt airport. In the same year, the Kano airport carried 407,392 local passengers when compared to 1,072,978 local passengers who flew through Port Harcourt airport.
In the Coal City of Enugu, 341,039 local passengers flew through the airport while 48,813 international passengers travelled were handled.
The total monthly breakdown of 16,371,674, according to the report, is as follows: January – 1,207,668; February – 1,134,714, March – 1,331,431, April – 1,382,519, May – 1,302,061, June – 1,295,024, July – 1,387,552, August – 1,445,507, September – 1,422,414, October – 1,416,003, November – 1,422,995 and December – 1,621,788.
In the Harmonised Aircraft Movements report, a total of 251,543 local and international aircrafts were handled by all the airports in the country in the year under review.
The airports in Lagos and Abuja also topped the list. Lagos handled 64,898 and 40,984 local and international aircrafts as Abuja handled 59,904 and 9,896 local and international aircrafts. The airport in the oil city of Port Harcourt handled 15,658 local aircraft movements and 1,759 international aircraft movements.
In the commercial city of Kano, the Aminu Kano International Airport in the year handled 6,892 local aircraft movements and 2,062 international aircrafts. The Coal City airport handled 5002 local aircraft movements and 350 aircrafts for international movement.
The total breakdown is as follows: January – 19,237, February – 19,654, March – 20,743, April – 19,082, May – 18,958, June – 18,310, July – 19,634, August – 18,390, September – 20,502, October – 21,048, November – 21,011 and December – 34,970.
Under cargo movement, airports in Lagos, Abuja, Port Harcourt, Kano and Enugu handled 164, 938,399.34 cargo while 47,318,518 mail moved through Lagos, Abuja, Port Harcourt and Kano.