Uganda: Passenger Figures Increasing Steadily – UCAA

Entebbe International Airport has registered an increase in the number of daily passengers with an average of 2,194 per day in February up from 1,868 in January 2021.

“The daily average of 2,194 in February 2021 is, therefore, the highest that the airport has recorded since the resumption of commercial passenger operations. While the figure of 2,194 is still low in comparison to the daily average of about 5,400 in 2019 prior to the advent of Covid-19, it’s certainly worth clapping about in light of the global situation in the Aviation industry,” the Ag. Director-General Uganda Civil Aviation Authority (UCAA), Mr Fred Bamwesigye, said while receiving 31500 masks from the management of Kapeeka Industrial Park at Entebbe Airport this week.

Mr Bamwesigye added that: “In specific terms, in relation to February 2021, Entebbe airport recorded 26904 arriving passengers, 31,084 departing passengers, 3448 in transit, 1738 metric tonnes of imports, and 3028 metric tonnes of exports. While in January 2021, the airport handled 24,095 arriving passengers, 29,409 departing passengers and 4,279 transit passengers.”

The 42,000 metric tonnes of cargo were handled at Entebbe international airport in 2019 compared to 58000 metric tonnes of cargo handled in 2020 in spite of Covid-19 pandemic. This is partly because cargo operations were sustained during the lockdown.

At the resumption of operations in October 2020, the daily average per month was about 1,600 in October 1,700 in November, and 1,900 in December 2020.