The Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) on Monday disclosed that 14,171,722 air travellers went through Nigerian airports in 2018. The figure represents 20.8 per cent increase over the 11,221,608 passengers handled by the airports in 2017.
According to figures released by the Consumer Protection Directorate of NCAA, 34 airlines on the international routes operated 15,645 flights and flew 4,079,0789; while nine domestic airlines operated 59,818 flights and airlifted 10, 092,648 passengers across the country between January and December 2018.
The aviation agency said airlines on the domestic routes accounted for 72 per cent of the passenger traffic while the international route recorded 28 per cent.
NCAA spokesman, Sam Adurogboye, said government was towards enhancing air transportation services in the country by building new facilities.
He said the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) will also construct new modern terminals at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport (MMIA), Lagos and the Malam Aminu Kano International Airport (MAKIA), Kano in the not too distant future to attract more air travellers.