More than 690,000 pas­sen­gers con­firm Au­gust as MIA’s busiest month

• Au­gust traf­fic grows by 14.8% over last year • Av­er­age of 22,372 daily pas­sen­ger move­ments • Over 4 mil­lion pas­sen­gers in first eight months, equiv­a­lent to full-year traf­fic in 2013

The Malta Business Weekly - - FRONT PAGE -

The month of Au­gust saw an av­er­age of 22,372 trav­ellers pass­ing through the ter­mi­nal on a daily ba­sis, with this num­ber spik­ing on the month’s busiest day to reach 26,359 pas­sen­ger move­ments.

An un­prece­dented to­tal of 693,537 pas­sen­gers passed through the air­port, re­sult­ing in a note­wor­thy in­crease of 14.8% in Au­gust’s traf­fic over the same month last year. Growth in pas­sen­ger num­bers was achieved in line with an in­crease of 15% in seat ca­pac­ity.

With a 12.9% in­crease in air­craft move­ments dur­ing the month of Au­gust the run­way bus­tled with no less than 4,624 take-offs and land­ings.

De­spite the sig­nif­i­cant in­crease in avail­able seats on flights to and from Malta In­ter­na­tional Air­port, seat load fac­tor (SLF), which mea­sures air­lines’ ef­fi­ciency in fill­ing th­ese seats, stood at a healthy 88.1%. This is the high­est seat load fac­tor for the year so far.

The air­port’s top five mar­kets, the United King­dom, Italy, Ger­many, France and Spain, were re­spon­si­ble for more than 460,000 pas­sen­ger move­ments of MIA’s to­tal traf­fic for Au­gust.

While all of th­ese mar­kets ex­pe­ri­enced vary­ing lev­els of growth rang­ing from 8.9% to 31.5%, the num­ber of pas­sen­gers from France (+31.5%) and Ger­many (+22.6%) reg­is­tered the most sig­nif­i­cant up­turn.

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