Over 3.6 mil­lion pas­sen­gers wel­comed at Malta In­ter­na­tional Air­port in sum­mer

Sum­mer reg­is­ters 6.3% growth over last year

Malta Independent - - NEWS -

For the first time, Oc­to­ber saw over half a mil­lion pas­sen­ger move­ments MIA op­ti­mistic about win­ter pe­riod as it eyes 5 mil­lion mark Sum­mer closed on a sunny note for Malta In­ter­na­tional Air­port, reg­is­ter­ing 3,645,812 pas­sen­ger move­ments, which trans­late into a 6.3% growth.

Dur­ing the sum­mer pe­riod — which for the avi­a­tion in­dus­try stretches from the end of March un­til the end of Oc­to­ber — the air­port hosted over 210,000 pas­sen­gers more than it did dur­ing the same pe­riod in 2015. These fig­ures mark Malta In­ter­na­tional Air­port’s busiest sum­mer yet.

This in­crease was reg­is­tered on the back of an up­turn of 4.3% in seat ca­pac­ity and an im­proved seat load fac­tor, which climbed up to 85% from 83.3% in sum­mer 2015. More­over, a rise of 1.4% was also recorded in air­craft move­ments.

The top five mar­kets for the sum­mer months were the United King­dom, Italy, Ger­many, France and Poland. A spike in pas­sen­ger num­bers of 46% put Poland’s growth well above that reg­is­tered by the other four mar­kets. While the UK and Ger­many both recorded an in­crease of 3%, the French mar­ket grew by 5% and Italy reg­is­tered a more sig­nif­i­cant 11%.

“Hav­ing closed off sum­mer with these en­cour­ag­ing re­sults, we’re op­ti­mistic about the up­com­ing win­ter sea­son, hav­ing re­cently launched our busiest win­ter sched­ule ever. With 18 new con­nec­tions, our eyes are now set on hit­ting the am­bi­tious 5 mil­lion pas­sen­ger mile­stone, which would con­sti­tute a land­mark ac­com­plish­ment in pas­sen­ger traf­fic for our air­port,” MIA CEO Alan Borg said.

Look­ing back at Oc­to­ber shows that this month grew by 10.4% over 2015 to host over half a mil­lion pas­sen­gers for the first time ever.

Oc­to­ber’s list of top driv­ers of traf­fic largely re­flected the one for the sum­mer months, with the United King­dom (4%) hold­ing to its top spot, fol­lowed by Italy (23%), Ger­many (18%), France (5%), and Switzer­land (25%). The vary­ing rates of growth for these mar­kets in Oc­to­ber stemmed from the launch of a num­ber of new routes, en­hanced op­er­a­tions to des­ti­na­tions such as Zurich, and a bet­ter seat load fac­tor (SLF) on flights to Am­s­ter­dam and Turkey. More­over, an im­prove­ment of 2.5 per­cent­age points brought Oc­to­ber’s seat load fac­tor up to 86%.

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