MIA hosts over 600,000 pas­sen­gers for third con­sec­u­tive month

• 626,488 pas­sen­gers wel­comed at MIA in Septem­ber • Span­ish mar­ket reg­is­ters high­est growth rate among top 5 mar­kets

The Malta Business Weekly - - FRONT PAGE -

Traf­fic at Malta In­ter­na­tional Air­port in Septem­ber reg­is­tered an in­crease of more than 89,000 pas­sen­ger move­ments over the same month last year, with a total of 626,488 guests wel­comed at MIA.

This trans­lated into an in­crease of 16.7% over 2016. More­over, Septem­ber was the third con­sec­u­tive month at the air­port to sur­pass the 600,000 mark in terms of pas­sen­ger num­bers.

Stand­ing at 86.7%, Septem­ber’s seat load fac­tor re­mained con­stant, in spite of the in­crease in both air­craft move­ments (14.6%) and seat ca­pac­ity (17.0%).

The United King­dom con­tin­ued to lead MIA’s list of top mar­kets, con­tribut­ing 146,160 pas­sen­ger move­ments to Septem­ber’s total traf­fic and grow­ing by 4.7% over last year mainly due to an in­crease in ca­pac­ity as a re­sult of the Cruise & Fly op­er­a­tion.

On the other hand, the rest of the top mar­kets, these be­ing Italy (10.5%), Ger­many (25.8%) and France (17.6%) all reg­is­tered dou­ble-digit growth.

Spain, which is the fifth largest mar­ket, is main­tain­ing its yearto-date progress, with a hefty 43.8% in­crease in pas­sen­ger move­ments in Septem­ber, partly stem­ming from in­creased flight fre­quen­cies to Madrid.

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