MIA pas­sen­ger traf­fic up 13.5 per cent

Malta Independent - - Business -

Malta In­ter­na­tional Air­port con­tin­ued to reg­is­ter ex­cep­tional re­sults, with year-to-date traf­fic through the ter­mi­nal reach­ing 5,939,436 pas­sen­ger move­ments. This fig­ure in­di­cates that the air­port is on track to reach­ing its fore­cast 6.8 mil­lion pas­sen­ger move­ments by the end of 2018.

Last sum­mer, the busiest one yet for the team at Malta Air­port, was an im­por­tant con­trib­u­tor to this year-to-date to­tal. A 12.2 per cent growth in pas­sen­ger traf­fic for the sum­mer months – from April to Oc­to­ber – was ob­served along­side a 13.4 per cent in­crease in air­craft move­ments and an in­crease of 13.7 per cent in seat ca­pac­ity. These im­prove­ments mainly re­sulted from a sig­nif­i­cantly en­hanced sum­mer sched­ule with more than 100 des­ti­na­tions on of­fer.

“Year-to-date traf­fic re­sults are quite re­mark­able con­sid­er­ing that last year the six mil­lion mark was only reached on the last day of 2017. While sum­mer has now ended, over 12 routes have been ex­tended into the win­ter pe­riod and more fre­quen­cies have been added on a num­ber of routes. The months ahead prom­ise to keep us busy, au­gur­ing well for our pledge to con­stantly work to­wards year-round tourism,” said Malta In­ter­na­tional Air­port CEO, Alan Borg.

The top driv­ers of pas­sen­ger traf­fic dur­ing the sum­mer months were the United King­dom (+14.9 per cent), Italy (+15.1 per cent), Ger­many (-2.3 per cent), France (+12.5 per cent), and Spain (+44.5 per cent). Spain’s note­wor­thy spike in pas­sen­ger move­ments can be at­trib­uted to the launch of three new sum­mer routes; Malaga, Seville, and Bil­bao, two of which have been ex­tended into the win­ter pe­riod.

Last sum­mer’s most pop­u­lar des­ti­na­tion with Mal­tese hol­i­day­mak­ers was Italy, with Cata­nia and Rome be­ing the most sought-af­ter cities. These two cities will be ben­e­fit­ting from four ad­di­tional weekly flights each through­out the win­ter pe­riod, which will cer­tainly serve to fur­ther ce­ment their pop­u­lar­ity with the Mal­tese pub­lic even in the off-peak months.

Oc­to­ber, which marks the end of sum­mer for the avi­a­tion in­dus­try, grew by 8.4 per cent in terms of traf­fic to reach 646,559 pas­sen­ger move­ments.

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