The Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) Saturday in Lagos announced that a total of 13.9 million air travellers used various airports in Nigeria in 2013.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the figure represents a 2.9 per cent drop, compared to the 14.3 million passengers who used the airports in 2012.
The General Manager, Corporate Communications of FAAN, Mr. Yakubu Dati, made the disclosure in a statement. He said the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos had the largest passenger traffic of 6.7 million in 2013 as against 7.2 million passengers recorded at the premier gateway in 2012.
The Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja, had the second highest passenger traffic, recording 3.8 million passengers in 2013 as against 3.5 million passengers in 2012. However, the Port Harcourt International Airport recorded passenger traffic of 1.2 million in both 2013 and 2012.
The Kano International Airport recorded 297,293 passengers in 2013 as against 380,045 in 2012.
Dati said the Minna Airport had recorded 8,900 in 2013, compared to the 13,857 passengers recorded at the airport in 2012.
The FAAN spokesman said Makurdi and Katsina airports handled the least numbers of travellers with 1,117 and 6,325 in 2013 and 2,064 and 8,177 in 2012, respectively.
He said the management of FAAN anticipated an increase in passenger traffic across the airports in 2014 because of the re-modelling projects at the 22 airports in the country.