INTERNATIONAL passengers that passed through Nigerian airports increased from 1.4 million to 2.2 million in 2021, representing an increase of 57.6 per cent within the period.
This was disclosed by the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) in its Air Transportation report for 2021, yesterday.
According to the report, about 13 million passengers travelled through Nigerian airports in 2021.
“About 13 million passengers travelled through Nigerian airports in 2021 and that represents a growth rate of 43.41 per cent from 9 million recorded in 2020. The total number of arrivals in 2021 stood at 6.5 million, which was higher compared to the 4.9 million recorded in 2020. The departure stood at 6.5 million in 2021 compared to 4.2 million in 2020. 2.2 million international passengers passed through Nigerian airports in 2021, as against 1.4 million passengers in 2020. It represents a 57.61 per cent growth rate,” the report reads.
The flight operations indicated a trend of migration as more people left the country than returned. Some of the major airlines’ passengers en route United Kingdom, Canada among others did not return.
Showing a migration trend to Europe and Middle East countries where, for instance, Turkish Airlines airlifted more people out than it brought back with no fewer than 115, 283 travelling out while only 95,302 returned to the country, the report also indicates that Qatar Airways’ figure which showed 116,664 travelling out with the airline while only 111,964 returned with the airline. Also, the British Airways report indicated that while 130,820 passengers left through the airline, only 107,519 returned.
Africa World, Asky Airlines, Ethiopian Airlines, British Airways, and Turkish Airlines led the pack of most sought-after airlines in Nigeria in 2021, as they lifted 40.3 per cent of the total international passengers in the country in 2021.
According to the report, out of 27 airlines that operated in Nigeria in 2021, the five airlines lifted 886,297 international passengers (inbound and outbound) out of the total 2,199, 278 passengers recorded in the Nigerian market in 2021.