Nigerian airports handle 13.4 million passengers in 2012

The Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) recorded a total of 13.4 million passengers in 2012. This is an increase of 2.4 million over the 11 million passengers handled in 2011. The breakdown of the numbers per airport is not yet available.

Note: FAAN gave the following statement refuting the abovementioned numbers:

The Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria wishes to correct a false information stating that 13.4 million was recorded as the passenger traffic for the year 2012. The figure said to emanate from FAAN is false in its entirety. For the avoidance of doubt, the traffic figure for the year 2012 is being collated as at press time. We recorded a positive passenger growth of 17.2% between January – June, 2009 and not a negative growth as reported in some news outlets. The negative growth recorded was in the international aircraft movement as a result of the airlines using larger aircraft. This however did not affect the international passenger growth. The passenger traffic figure published for the year 2010 puts the passenger traffic at 13, 981, 677 while that of 2011 stands at 14, 834, 269. This clarification has become necessary as the incorrect figure is being quoted as authentic. The Authority wishes to place on record its appreciation for inquiries being made to verify information.

FAAN also announced that the renovation of Kaduna Airport will be ready in three months. Furthermore, the agency will install electronic toll gates at Abuja Airport to improve the traffic flow. However, FAAN’s efforts to remove all derelict aircraft from airports across the country are hampered by the aircrafts’ owners.


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8 responses to “Nigerian airports handle 13.4 million passengers in 2012”

  1. Alaba says :

    Anyone with data on how many aircraft were dismantled / recycled in Nigeria over the last four years? Or specialist companies in recycling incountry?

  2. Greg says :

    Alaba: in 2003 or 4, at the Okada hangar at Benin airport, I met some Northern chaps visiting, hoping to but BAC 1-11 carcases. They had no luck, but claimed they’d dismantled Kabo aircraft up north, and boasted they could go through a 1-11 in a couple of hours. Okada staff confirmed they were real, but what amazed me was their equipment, which was no more fancy than electric saws.

    The 1-11s, some 15-20 of them, are rotting in the bush sorrounding the hangar, which has been taken over by the Air Force. They weren’t sold. On, you can see MPA ATR42s and Do228s parked in the hangar.

    In the hangar too were three choppers of Polish design, which showed some signs of careful preservation. They’d been previously active in offshore work. Emeka Offor, owner of Chrome Air (1 BAC 1-11-500, and 1 -475), was said to have visited too. Staff mused at his drooling over the choppers, eager for some deal by which he could use them for offshore work too. He had no luck.

    • Alaba says :

      Thanks for the Benin updates. What a waste and also a lack of foresight on what could have been extracted from these husks even the gold used for soldering comms equipment.

  3. waly777 says :

    Hmm, the passenger numbers for 2011 are a bit off.

    14.9 million passengers were carried in 2011, hence a decrease in pax numbers for 2012. (FAAN data and statisitics section on their website currently show this too, as well as data from personal sources).

    The 11 million pax being referred to in 2011 was domestic pax only vs the 13.4 for both domestic and international pax in 2012

    • waly777 says :

      Also, the 13.4million pax for 2012 doesn’t include numbers for the month of December. The final 2012 pax numbers would be significantly higher than 13.4 million.

      • Aviation in Nigeria says :

        Thanks for pointing this out. In fact, there are no final numbers for 2012 yet, so it seems the newspaper just made up the numbers. The clarification from FAAN is not very helpful either. We’ll have to wait till they publish the final numbers for 2012 before drawing any conclusions.

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