The number of passengers going through Entebbe International Airport declined in June over the Covid-19 induced lockdown.

According to statistics released by Uganda Civil Aviation Authority (UCAA), Entebbe registered 75,472 passengers in June, down from 77,063 passengers recorded in May and 85,054 registered in April. 

Vianney Luggya, the UCCA spokesperson said of the 75,472 passengers for June, 29,209 were arrivals, 40,137 departures and 6,136 in transit. 

Following the rise in coronavirus infections in Uganda, several countries banned flights from the East African country.

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) suspended entry for travellers coming from Zambia, the Democratic Republic of Congo and Uganda starting June 11, as part of efforts to contain the spread of the coronavirus,

Recently, RwandaAir announced suspension of flights to Entebbe over a surge in COVID-19 while Kenya Airways cut flights to the same destination from 12 to nine, according to reports. 

However, UCCA said despite enforcing heightened measures against COVID-19, the airport remains open and fully operational. The country also remains open to foreign tourists despite the ongoing lockdown. 

UCAA had earlier indicated that 1.98 million passengers had transitioned through Entebbe International Airport in 2019 but the number had in 2020 dropped to 565, 666.

The drop, Mr Vianney Luggya, the UCAA manager public affairs, had said was partly due to Covid-19, which forced government to close the airport for more than five months.