Entebbe airport passenger traffic hits 2021’s higest in October
Uganda’s Entebbe International Airport last month recorded its highest number of inbound and outbound passenger traffic for the year 2021 after disruptions in world travel caused by the coronavirus pandemic.
Traffic numbers at the country’ s only international Airport had fallen drastically for wo years following the advent of the coronavirus pandemic which saw the airport close last year, travellers opting to to fly later and countries world over issueing tought travel restrictions.
According to figures from the Uganda Civil Aviation Authority, the numbers are now picking up with the airport recording 100,455 international passengers in October 2021 only (45,799 arrivals and 54,656 departures), which translates into an average of 3,240 passengers per day.
This is the biggest number of passengers recorded at the airport in a month since the airport’s resumption of commercial passenger operations in October 2020.
The airport recorded 79,192 passengers in September, 71,360 passengers in August, 52,731 in July , 69,346 in June, 71,307 in May , 80,785 in April , 71,904 in March, 57,988 in February and 53,504 in January 2021.
Acccording to the Uganda Civil Aviation Authority, these figures exlude transit passengers.
“The surge in traffic in October is attributed to a number of factors, including enhanced vaccination across the globe, commencement of flights in and out of Entebbe by new operators such as Airlink to South Africa and Air Arabia to Sharjah, commencement of Uganda Airlines flights to Dubai, removal of Uganda from the UK red list in early October and easing of travel restrictions on Ugandans to Dubai, among others,” a statement from the Aviation regulater said.
The regulater added that In spite of the increased passenger traffic, the average of 3,240 passengers per day in October 2021 is still far below the average of about 5,000 passengers per day in 2019 before the advent of the COVID-19 pandemic.
On the side of cargo, the airport recorded 5,371 metric tonnes of cargo in October 2021 (2,243 imports and 3,128 exports).