In 2021, Nigeria’s airports registered a total of 13 million domestic air passengers, up from 9 million in 2020. According to National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) data, there will be 43.41 percent more flights in 2020 than in 2020, representing a significant increase.
According to the report, between January and December 2021, the number of passengers flying through Nigerian airports increased to 15.23 million, up from 10.55 million in 2020.
According to the statistics agency, 15,225,627 passengers went through Nigeria’s airports in 2021. Domestic and international travel increased by 101.02 percent between 2010 and 2020.
Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) submitted the numbers, then the NBS checked and authenticated them to make sure they were correct and true.
According to the research, the overall number of international passengers passing through Nigeria’s airports in 2018 was 2,219,146, up from 1,408,026 travelers in 2020. This equates to a 57.61 percent growth rate.In 2021, the total number of domestic passengers passing through the country’s airports was 13,006,481, up from 9,069,295 in 2020, a growth rate of 43.41 percent.
The total number of people that arrived in 2021 was 6,533,740, up from 4,870,072 in 2020. In addition, departures in 2021 were 6,472,741 compared to 4,199,223 in 2020. Similarly, in 2021, the total number of international passengers passing through Nigerian airports was 2,219,146, up from 1,408,026 in 2020. This equates to a 57.61 percent growth rate.The total number of people that arrived in 2021 was 1,109,621, up from 690,765 in 2020. In addition, departures in 2021 were 1,109,525 compared to 717,261 in 2020.
There was a lot of traffic in cities like Abuja and Lagos. There was less traffic in cities like Katsina and Kaduna and in cities like Ibadan and Jos.
The domestic terminal of the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport in Abuja had 4,758,843 passengers, while the domestic terminals of the Murtala Muhammed Airport in Lagos saw 4,093,712 passengers. Port Hacourt International Airport’s domestic terminals saw 900,728 passengers, Mallam Aminu Kano International Airport (545,749), and Akanu Ibiam International Airport (508,513).
Owerri (583,464), Benin Airport (433,017), Margaret Ekpo Airport (197,998), Yola (175,699), Maiduguri (197,898), Ilorin (148,109), Akure (113,625), Sokoto (137,511), Kaduna (73,110), Jos (57,020), Ibadan (51,172), and Katsina are among the others (30,313).
Lagos had the most international travel traffic, with 1,595,522 passengers, followed by Abuja with 565,062 passengers. There were 14,519 passengers in Port Harcourt, 39,441 in Kano, 4,532 in Enugu, and 68 in Maiduguri.
Global aviation passenger numbers in 2021 are up from 2020, but still less than half of pre-pandemic levels.
A report from the International Civil Aviation Organization says that in 2021, there will be 2.3 billion passengers on planes around the world, which is 49 percent less than there were before COVID-19.This is an increase from a 60% drop in 2020.
During the same time period, airline seat capacity increased by 20% globally, outpacing increases in passenger demand. The global passenger load factor in 2021 will be 68 percent, down from 82 percent in 2019.Airlines worldwide lost $324 billion, down from $372 billion in 2020.
Continued efforts by governments around the world to follow WHO and ICAO recommendations have led to the elimination of travel restrictions that aren’t based on public health risks and the reduction of the pandemic’s impact on global mobility. This has allowed air travel, trade, and tourism to recover more quickly and bring positive benefits to people around the world.
Meanwhile, due to a dramatic surge in COVID-19 infections in the first quarter of 2021, the rate of global air traffic recovery slowed. The second and third quarters were a little better because more people were getting vaccinated and some countries eased up on travel restrictions during the peak travel season.
It was only in the fourth quarter that the Omicron variety came out, and this rising trend came to a halt again.
Domestic and international travel continue to be differentially affected by the pandemic, with the former recovering faster. Sixty-eight percent more people are returning home, but only 28 percent more are leaving the country.
Analysts seeking to predict how the aviation recovery will play out for the rest of 2022 are confronted with both good indications and adverse threats. According to the ICAO, passenger numbers will be 26–31 percent lower in 2022 than they were before the epidemic, with seat capacity down 20–23 percent.
It’s expected that by December 2022, passenger traffic will be back to where it was in 2019. By then, international travel will be up 73% and domestic travel will be up 95%.
The worst-case scenario says that a 75 percent recovery is possible, with 58 percent of that coming from outside the country and the other 86 percent from inside the country. A drop in airline passenger traffic is expected to keep going through 2022, which could cost the industry $186–217 billion in gross passenger operating revenues.