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Maun airport sustained as the busiest landing strip in 2019

Publishing Date : 23 March, 2020

Author : TLHABO KGOSIEMANG

The Statistics Botswana Transport and Infrastructure Brief for Q3 2019 released recently says Maun airport was the busiest air field with 67 percent of total aircraft movements in Quarter 3 2019..


Air transport means the movement of aircrafts and air passengers both locally and internationally. The movements are categorized into scheduled, non-scheduled and private movements. Scheduled aircraft movements refer to commercial airlines operating on a time table while non-scheduled aircraft movements refer to commercial aircrafts which do not have to operate using a time table but operate as and when needed. Private aircraft movements refer to non-commercial individual aircrafts. Scenic aircraft movements refer to airlines that focus on wildlife and surrounding natures.


Sir Seretse Khama international airport followed with 14.6 percent of aircraft movements, while the Selibe Phikwe and Ghanzi both recorded the least number of aircraft movements contributing only 0.1 percent. The month of July, verified 32.3 percent of total aircraft movements recorded during Q3 2019. August and September also logged 35.9 and 31.8 percent of total aircraft movements respectively.


In Q3 2019 most of the international movements were recorded at Sir Seretse Khama International airport with 57.8 percent of total international movements. The report indicated that Maun airport handled mostly domestic movements, accounting for 77.1 percent of the total domestic movements. When compared with the previous quarter, Q2 2019, for both international and domestic movements, all airports registered a significant increase.


A total of 275,406 passenger movements were recorded during the quarter under review, Q3 2019. This was an increase of 20.1 percent compared to passenger movements recorded in Q2 2019. Maun airport handled mostly domestic movements, the brief designated. Compared to the same quarter of the previous year, Q3 2018, an increase of 12.5 percent was recorded. International and domestic passenger movements increased by 11.6 percent and 32.5 percent respectively compared to Q2 2019.


Further, aircraft movements saw an increment of 35.1 percent when compared to Q2 2019. In comparison to the same quarter of the previous year, Q3 2018, aircraft movements went up by 21.7 in each hundred, however air passenger movements augmented by 20.1 percent in Q3 2019 compared to Q2 2019.


In a period under review, international passenger movements accounted for 55.0 percent of total passenger movements, while domestic passenger movements constituted 45.0 percent. Most of the international passenger movements were made at Sir Seretse Khama International Airport which accounted for 57.8 percent of total international passenger movements. A high number of domestic passenger movements were made in Maun airport accounting for 77.1 percent of total domestic passenger movements.


Scheduled passenger flights accounted for 71.0 percent of total air passenger movements while non– scheduled passenger flights accounted for 24.4 percent of total air passenger movements. Private and scenic passenger flights accounted for 1.0 percent and 3.6 percent respectively. Compared to the previous quarter, Q2 2019, all the three types of flights recorded an increase except for scenic flights which were recently included for the first time; scheduled passenger flights recorded an increase of 15.3 percent while both private and non-Scheduled flight movements increased by 17.2 percent each.


The highest number of passenger movements was recorded at Sir Seretse Khama international airport; it accounted for 46.2 percent of all the total air passenger movements. Compared to the previous quarter, Q2 2019, Sir Seretse Khama international airport movements increased by 7.9 percent. Maun airport had the second highest number of passenger movements; it constituted 35.6 percent of the total passenger movements which was a 33.4 percent increase compared to the previous quarter, Q2 2019. All airports recorded an increase except Selebi Phikwe airport. It registered 28.9 percent decrease in passenger movements.


Most of the passenger movements recorded at Sir Seretse Khama international airport were scheduled, accounting for 63.3 percent of the total scheduled movements. Maun recorded 22.7 percent of the total scheduled movements, while Kasane and Francistown accounted for 9.6 and 4.4 percent of the total scheduled passenger movements respectively. The highest number of non-scheduled passenger movements was recorded at Maun accounting for 63.8 percent of total non-scheduled passenger movements. Scheduled passenger movements constituted 71.0 percent of total passenger movements, while non-scheduled and private accounted for 24.4 and 1.0 percent respectively. Scenic passenger movements constituted 3.6 percent of total passenger movements


Meanwhile, In Q3 2019, a total of 15.333 vehicles were transported using the pontoon. This shows a 9.6 percent decline when compared to the previous quarter, Q2 2019. The number of vehicles entering and exiting the country declined; going down by 16.4 and 3.3 respectively. Compared to the 17,944 vehicles recorded during the same quarter of the previous year, vehicle numbers declined by 14.6 percent. Most of the vehicles were transported during the month of September constituting 33.8 percent of the total vehicles transported, and the months of July and August accounted for 33.5 and 32.7 percent respectively.

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