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Covid-19 halved passenger traffic of Lomé’s airport in 2020-2019

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Between 2019 and 2020, the number of travelers passing through Lomé’s airport (AIGE) fell by nearly 50%. From 916,659 people, it reduced to 459,961, said the Togolese ministry of road, air, and railway transports. 

The drastic drop was due to Covid-19, according to the ministry. As soon as the pandemic broke out in the country, the government had decided to shut air and road borders. Therefore, the airport had to stop operating for some time and resumed gradually in June 2020. 

Despite its moderate performance, in 2020, the AIGE was ranked, by the African Airlines Association (AFRAA), as the second airport in West Africa to be the most connected to other African countries. The first was that Ivory Coast.

Togolese authorities claim that every year, more than two million travelers pass through Lomé’s airport; that is since it was rehabilitated in 2016. 

Esaïe Edoh

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