Domestic, Int’l Passengers Rise By 44%, Hit 15.23million -Nigeria

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Nigerian Airports witnessed increased patronage between January and December 2021. As the number of air travelers rose to 15.23m from 10.55m recorded in 2020. This figure includes both Domestic and International travellers. This means that air travellers across Nigerian airports rose by 44.36% as of the end of 2021.

In terms of arrival, Nigerian airports recorded 6.53m passengers, while 4.87m passengers departed the country.

“This represents 57.61% growth rate. The number of arrivals in 2021 stood at 1,109,621, which was higher compared to 690,765 in 2020. Also, departure stood at 1,109,525 in 2021 compared to 717,261 in 2020.”

The Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja ranked second with 565,062 passengers.

However, there are concerns that the number of domestic air travelers may begin to decline as a result of the recent hike in airfares. Domestic airline operators had in February resolved to increase airfares by over 60% with effect from March 1.

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