The national accounts for 2017Q4 show that the aviation sector grew year-on-year by 4.7 percent in real terms – significantly higher than the 0.48 percent in preceding quarter but significantly lower than the 13.3 percent in the corresponding quarter of 2016 Drawing from the data recently provided by the NBS, it can be inferred that the increase in the number of both domestic and international passenger traffic in the fourth quarter (by 4.9 percent YOY to 3.7 million passengers) may have partly driven the YOY real growth in the sector. This is in addition to remarkable increases in aircrafts and mail movements – by 4.6 percent and 229.6 percent respectively.
Macroeconomic Report & Economic Updates
Recently released World Economic Outlook by the International Monetary Fund (IMF) projects economic activities to increase significantly in developing countries- especially Nigeria. Annual real output is expected to grow by 0.8 percent in 2017 from the contraction of 1.5 percent in 20161. Improvement in economic activities is hinged on prospective favorable effects of continued increase in commodity export price (Crude oil is expected to increase to $55 per barrel in 2017 compared to $46 in 2016).