Traffic heavily affected by Covid-19
Publié le mardi 17 août 2021, par Gabinho
The new figures presented by the Ministry of Road, Air and Rail Transport in relation to passenger traffic at Gnassingbé Eyadéma International Airport (AIGE) in Lomé indicate 459,961 in 2020 against 916,659 in 2019, i.e. a drop of nearly 50% from the health crisis.
Since its rehabilitation in 2016, Lomé Gnassingbé Eyadéma International Airport (AIGE) has served as a channel for more than 2 million passengers per year. Consequently, the viral pandemic which caused the border closures impacted the data. However, Lomé airport remains the 2nd airport platform in the West African sub-region most connected to the other capitals of the continent behind that of Côte d’Ivoire compared to the ranking made by the African Airlines Association (AFRAA) in 2020.
According to the Ministry of Air Transport, this drastic drop in traffic is due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Indeed, following the registration of the first case of Covid-19 in Togo, the government decided to close the air borders and consequently, the suspension of traffic at AIGE. Activities were only gradually resumed from June 2020 after a difficult period when planes remained grounded, reports togofirst.com