NOMSA NKANA, Lusaka
ZAMBIA has witnessed increased passenger traffic of 427,311 at the four international airports in the second quarter, up by 7.4 percent due to a rise in travel frequency by small traders.
Other attributes of the increased passenger traffic were recovery of tourist travel market after the Ebola outbreak in 2014/15, increase in arrivals due to Zambia being a destination for meetings, incentives, conferences and exhibitions and continued good performance on the Nairobi-Livingstone-Cape Town route.
Zambia Airports Corporation Limited (ZACL) said this in a statement issued by communications and brand manager Mweembe Sikaulu yesterday.
Ms Sikaulu also said Harry Mwaanga Nkumbula International Airport performed particularly well due to increased tourist arrivals visiting the Victoria Falls, and also increased frequencies by Rwandair.
“A total of 427,311 passengers passed through Kenneth Kaunda, Simon Mwansa Kapwepwe, Harry Mwaanga Nkumbula and Mfuwe international airports,” she said.
Overall, Harry Mwaanga Nkumbula Airport in Livingstone recorded the highest positive performance out of all the international airports with a market share of 33.6 percent.
“This growth has been fuelled by the Livingstone-Cape Town route which has continued to perform well since commencement in July 2016 as well as other factors highlighted above,” Ms Sikaulu said.
Similarly, positive growths of 3.5 percent, five percent and 4.9 percent were recorded at Kenneth Kaunda, Simon Mwansa Kapwepwe and Mfuwe international airports respectively.
In comparison, Kenneth Kaunda International Airport, which is the largest gateway in the country, recorded 69 percent of total passenger movements in the second quarter of 2017, while Simon Mwansa Kapwepwe and Harry Mwaanga Nkumbula performed second and third respectively, carrying 15 percent and 14 percent of total passengers.
Mfuwe International Airport only carried two percent of the total traffic.
Ms Sikaulu also said records of international passenger numbers increased by 6.8 percent in the second quarter of this year, translating into 347,693 passengers compared to 325,621 recorded in the same period last year.
Domestic passenger numbers grew by 10.1 percent, representing 79,658 compared to the same period in 2016.