The Managing Director, Federal Airport Authority of Nigeria (FAAN), Capt. Rabiu Yadudu, has said airport passenger traffic grew by 6.5 million in 2021.
Speaking recently at the Airports and Airlines Business Summit and Expo 2022 in Lagos, Yadudu stated that traffic figures improved significantly after the COVID-19 pandemic, growing from 9.3 million in 2020 to 15.8 million 2021.
“Our passenger traffic grew from 9.3million in 2020 to 15.8million in 2021. That’s an increase of 69 per cent within the 12-month period. Aircraft movement also increased by over 46 per cent from 2020 to 2021, which means that just as soon as COVID-19 subsided, all our figures started picking up.
“Cargo movement was about 191,000 tonnes but increased to 391,000 tonnes in 2021 – almost double within a year. We are working with all stakeholders in the cargo service value chain to bridge the gap in our import and export of cargo items. We recently urged stakeholders to constitute a technical committee to see to this. This year is even much higher, 2020 it was down. But in 2021, we had a 70 per cent increase. In 2022, we will give you the data in the next two months. Our recovery is very rapid both in terms of passenger movement and cargo,” he said.
Yadudu said expansion has continued at the airports, hajj and cargo terminals, adding that the international terminal of the airport would undergo massive reconstruction.
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