Kenya Airports Authority (KAA) said it posted a decline in performance with respect to passenger and aircraft movements in the month of May.
According to KAA, the performance in the month of May continued to be adversely impacted by the ravages of the COVID19 pandemic that saw Kenya’s capital, Nairobi, and four other counties go into partial lockdown on the 26th of March 2021.
KAA said the lockdown was lifted at the beginning of May 2021, causing a big percentage increase in performance with respect to domestic passenger and aircraft movements. The cargo counter, however, has continued to perform relatively well, anchored mainly by an enhanced demand for fresh produce and other consumables in destination markets as well as the conveyance of COVID-19 related supplies.
In the traffic figures released by the KAA, Jomo Kenyatta International Airport’s passenger throughput in May 2021 increased by 7652.5% from the figure recorded in the same month in 2020 to hit 224,280 passengers. Aircraft movement went up by 237.1% to record a movement of 4,878 aircraft over the same period, while the amount of cargo handled increased by 33.0% to stand at 30,238,390.0 Kgs recorded over the period under review.