Nigerian airports handle 10.9m passengers in 9 months

APA-Abuja (Nigeria)

Nigeria’s Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) says a total of 10.9 million passengers passed through Nigerian airports in 163,646 aircraft movements between January and September.

The statistics released by FAAN in Abuja revealed an increase of 1.7 million passengers from 9.2 million passengers recorded during the same period in 2017, representing 15.5 percent increase.

There was also an increase of 23,094 from the 140,552 aircraft movement recorded during the same period in 2017, representing 16.4 percent increase.

It also revealed that 7.8 million domestic and 3.1 international passengers passed through the airports during the period.

The data also showed that 130,996 domestic and 32,650 international flights were operated across the nation’s 22 airports during the period under review.

The total cargo movement during the period, according to FAAN, stands at 178.5 million tons per kilogramme.

The statistics indicated that 131.46 million tons per kilogramme arrived in the country through the airports, while 47.17 million tons departed during the period.

A look at the four major airports in the country shows that Murtala Muhammed Airports, Lagos, (Domestic and International Wing) recorded the highest passengers and aircraft movement during the period.

The data indicated that Lagos airport recorded 4.8 million passengers, with 2.8 million passengers on domestic routes and 2.05 million on the international routes.

The Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport Abuja, recorded 3.36 million passengers, comprising 2.67 million passengers on domestic routes, while the international routes recorded 689,386 passengers during the period.


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