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Entebbe Airport records increase in traffic since COVID19 broke out

KAMPALA – Entebbe International Airport has reported a record high number of passengers in October since the emergency of Corona Virus pandemic and the sub sequential national lock downs since March 2020.

The Airport received 45,799 arrivals and 54,656 departures in the month of October averaging at least 3,240 passengers per day.

A total of 100,455 passengers was recorded, a figure that represents the highest number of business since the resumption of commercial passenger flights in October 2020.

Earlier in September 2021, the Civil Aviation Authority records indicated that at least 79,192 passengers that included arrivals and departures were recorded, while at least 71,360 was recorded in August.

The rising trend of commercial passenger numbers was first recorded in July when 52,731 passengers were logged in, shortly after the partial re-opening of the vessel.

The spoke person of the Civil Aviation Authority, Viane Lugya attributes the surge in traffic to enhanced vaccination across the world and having more companies that joined the airspace which gave the airport more flights.

Uganda was also struck off the UK List of gravely dangerous countries in regards to Covid-19, hence an increase in the number of passengers.

“The surge is largely attributed to 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,” Lugya added.

Lugya says, despite the increasing numbers, the records are still far below the average of about 5,000 passengers recorded in 2019 before Covid-19.

Entebbe airport also recorded increasing trends in transit cargo with 5,371 metric tons in October.

This however indicates a decreasing trend from 71,307 in May and 80,785 in April.

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