Air Malta car­ries 27% more pas­sen­gers in July

Malta Independent - - NEWS -

The month of July Air Malta reg­is­tered a 27 per­cent in­crease in pas­sen­gers on its Malta based routes com­pared to the cor­re­spond­ing month last year, the air­line said yes­ter­day.

Dur­ing this month, a to­tal of 228,982 pas­sen­gers were car­ried by Air Malta to and from Malta.

Air Malta was last month the one of the main con­trib­u­tors to the growth reg­is­tered by Malta In­ter­na­tional Air­port.

Dur­ing July the Mal­tese air­line car­ried over 8,000 pas­sen­gers on its Cata­nia-Vi­enna, Cata­nia – Lon­don Southend and Cagliari – Lon­don Southend routes.

Air Malta’s Chief Com­mer­cial Of­fi­cer, Paul Sies, said, “Month on month we are see­ing dou­ble digit growth fig­ures. Our growth strat­egy that saw us ex­pand our ser­vices to 21 new mar­kets, is bear­ing fruit. For­ward book­ings con­tinue to re­main strong for sum­mer but we need to con­tinue sell­ing the ad­di­tional ca­pac­ity we floated on the mar­ket.”

Air Malta’s Chair­man Charles Man­gion added, “We are happy with these re­sults that show that for the third con­sec­u­tive month we have in­creased pas­sen­gers sub­stan­tially. Apart from in­creas­ing our rev­enues we need to main­tain fo­cus on our costs such as fuel prices which have con­tin­ued to in­crease this year.”

Tourism Min­is­ter Kon­rad Mizzi said: “Dur­ing the last seven months Air Malta has car­ried over 200,000 more pas­sen­gers on its Malta based routes and an ad­di­tional 25,000 pas­sen­gers on its in­tra -Euro­pean ser­vices be­tween Si­cily, Sar­dinia and Lon­don Southend. The ob­jec­tive of grow­ing the air­line is be­ing achieved and as the main share­holder we are en­cour­aged with these re­sults. To­gether with all tourism stake­hold­ers we are work­ing hard to con­tinue achiev­ing suc­cess in the tourism in­dus­try for the ben­e­fit of the whole Mal­tese econ­omy.”

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