Entebbe International Airport Handles Highest Number Of Passengers In Seven Months
Entebbe International Airport has registered a tremendous increase in passengers after easing of COVID-19 restrictions
Entebbe International Airport handled 151,653 international passengers in July 2022, an average of 4,892 per day, Uganda Civil Aviation Authority has revealed. This comprised 77,056 arrivals and 74,597 departures.
This is the highest number of passengers handled in seven months given the fact that Entebbe Airport handled an average of 4,508 passengers per day in June, 4,018 in May, 4,078 in April, 3,670 in March, 3,615 in February and 3,566 per day in January 2022.
Vianney Luggya, the UCAA Spokesperson says that in the Financial Year 2021/22, a total of 1,244,604 international passengers were facilitated through Entebbe compared to 1,728,783 in the FY 2018/19 prior to COVID19, 1,355,772 in the FY 2019/20 and 580,238 in the FY 2020/21, which was adversely affected by the COVID19 impact.
“A comparison of the FY 2021/22 passenger traffic performance with that of the FY 2018/19 reflects a 71.9% recovery. In relation to cargo, 64,254 metric tones (40,961 exports & 23,293 imports) were handled in the FY 2021/22 in comparison to 62,121 metric tones in the FY 2018/19,” Luggya says.
He adds: “60,637 metric tones of cargo were handled in the FY 2019/20 and 63,978 metric tones of cargo in the FY 2020/21 (25,038 imports & 38,940 exports). Exports have consistently continued to be more than imports. The major exports include flowers, fish, vegetables and fresh produce.”
He adds that cargo traffic was not affected by the COVID 19 pandemic since cargo operations were maintained even during the 2020 lockdown. The major destinations for Uganda’s cargo produce include Europe, Middle East and the far East, among others.
Adopted from; Business Focus August 26, 2022