The Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja (NAIA) recorded 2.26 million passengers and 35,728 aircraft movement in the first half of this year.
Deputy General Manager (Corporate Affairs), of the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN), Mrs Henrietta Yakubu, released the data as contained in the Passenger and Aircraft Movement Statistics yestderday in Abuja.
She said that the figure represented both domestic and international flights of scheduled and non-scheduled arrivals as well as scheduled and non-scheduled departures into and from the airport.
An analysis of passenger statistics showed that domestic flights had 1.7 million passengers of which 1.6 million were scheduled flights and 46,934 non-scheduled flights.
The figures further showed that 855,388 domestic passengers arrived in the airport while 821,547 passengers departed from the airport during the period under review.
International passengers stood at 528,632 with 257,773 arrivals and 259,839 departures and 517,606 scheduled flights and 11,020 non-scheduled flights.
A monthly breakdown of the statistics revealed that a total of 362,527 passengers travelled through NAIA in January, comprising 270,260 domestic and 92,267 international passengers.
In February, 333,215 passengers were recorded comprising 276,837 domestic and 56,378 international passengers while the month of March had 357,070 passengers comprising 281,944 domestic and 75,136 international passengers.
Furthermore, 398,002 passengers travelled through the airport in April comprising 296,514 domestic and 101,488 international passengers.
Again, in May, a total of 404,442 passengers consisting of 302,046 domestic and 102,396 international passengers were recorded while the month of June recorded 408,378 passengers of which 304,208 were domestic flights and 104,170 international flights.
Also, the aircraft movement for the period also showed that there were 29,540 domestic and 6,188 international flights from the airport.