THE Zambia Airports Corporation Limited (ZACL) recorded a positive growth for the first quarter of 2016.
In a press statement released yesterday by ZACL Communications and Brand Manager Mweembe Sikaulu, passenger numbers grew by six per cent when compared to the same period last year.
Records indicate that 355,263 passengers passed through the four international airports namely Kenneth Kaunda, Simon Mwansa Kapwepwe, Harry Mwaanga Nkumbula and Mfuwe International Airports.
During the same period last year, 336,010 passengers used the airports meaning that this year there was a growth of nearly 20,000 passengers.
In the first quarter of the year, records show that domestic passenger numbers declined by 10 per cent while international passenger numbers grew by nine per cent.
Factors that influenced the growth include a relatively stable Zambian Kwacha, the recently held International Parliamentary Union and reduced cases of Ebola in West Africa.
“There was also a positive growth in total for Cargo and Mail which grew by 4.3 per cent when compared with the same period last year.
Cargo grew by 5% while mail declined by 26.8 per cent.
“Kenneth Kaunda International Airport as the largest gateway in the
country carried 71% of total general passenger movements in the first
quarter of 2016,” Ms Sikaulu said.
Simon Mwansa Kapwepwe and Harry Mwaanga Nkumbula International Airports performed second and third respectively carrying 17 per cent and 11 per cent of total passengers.
Ms Sikaulu said the smallest Mfuwe International Airport carried one per cent of the total traffic.
Harry Mwaanga Nkumbula International Airport recorded the highest positive performance with a margin of 33 per cent, seconded by Kenneth Kaunda and Mfuwe International Airports against last year’s first quarter general passenger movement at five per cent and one per cent respectively.
Simon Mwansa Kapwepwe International Airport recorded a negative variance against last year’s first quarter at -3 per cent.
Ms Sikaulu said the construction of new terminals at Kenneth Kaunda International Airport and the new Greenfield International Airport in Ndola as well as completion of the new terminal at Harry Mwaanga Nkumbula International Airport would greatly improve facilitation and enhance customer experience, while refurbishment of Mfuwe would further spur growth.