The National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) says 3.65 million air passengers travelled through Nigerian airports in the second quarter of 2018. This is against 3.84 million recorded in the first quarter.

According to the NBS in its “Air Transport Data” (Q1 and Q2 2018) report released over the weekend, it revealed a declined in air passengers by 33.51 per cent year-on-year and increased by 15.24 per cent quarter-on-quarter.

Overall, the total aircraft traffic declined year-on-year for Q1 by 1.48 per cent and Q2 by 10.17per cent) when compared to the corresponding quarter of 2017.

“In the first half of 2018, aircraft traffic totalled 96,659, a 5.9 per cent decline from total aircraft recorded in the same period last year,’’ it stated.

The bureau reported there was a significant year-on-year decline in air cargo traffic via Lagos for both the first quarter (49.8 per cent) and second quarter (65.4 per cent), thereby leading to the year-on-year decline of 37.8 per cent for the first half of the year.

The Bureau reported further that a growth of 25.6 per cent was, however, recorded between the second quarter and the preceding quarter.

According to the bureau, a 34.2 per cent increase in total mail traffic was recorded in the first half of the year when compared to the same period in 2017.

“Total mail traffic for the first half of 2018 increased from 14,779,558kg in half-year 2017, to 19,831,650 KG in half-year 2018, a 34.2 percent growth between the stated periods.

“Total mail for first quarter was recorded at 8,313,112 KG and grew by 38.56 per cent to 11,518,538 KG in the second quarter,” NBS added.