4,600 yearly queries an­swered, more than 700,000 cof­fees sold at Malta air­port

The Malta Business Weekly - - NEWS -

Over 6 mil­lion an­nual pas­sen­gers bring a con­stant buzz to Malta In­ter­na­tional Air­port, but prob­a­bly not many are aware that the air­port cam­pus is also home to some 300,000 buzzing bees. While these res­i­dent bees are in­dige­nous, of the sub­species Apis mel­lif­era rut­tneri, the air­port’s pas­sen­gers are more in­ter­na­tional, hav­ing around 106 dif­fer­ent na­tion­al­i­ties.

Di­verse as their na­tion­al­i­ties may be, some pas­sen­gers share a com­mon ab­sent-mind­ed­ness. Around 800 items are lost at Malta In­ter­na­tional Air­port ev­ery year, with pas­sen­gers even for­get­ting be­hind be­long­ings such as 65-inch TV screens and ex­pen­sive drones. The ma­jor­ity how­ever do get in touch with the air­port to en­quire about whether the lost item had been found.

The team, in fact, answer around 4,600 yearly on­line queries that vary as much as “Have you found my three-year-old’s favourite soft toy?” and “Can I carry rats’ brains in my luggage for re­search I’m con­duct­ing abroad?” Such ques­tions make one won­der what other strange items hide in the 12,248 pieces of luggage that are, on av­er­age, pro­cessed ev­ery day in the sum­mer months.

While many pas­sen­gers kill time by con­nect­ing to the free Wi-Fi and get­ting an up­date on the day’s hap­pen­ings on­line, oth­ers still rely on printed news­pa­pers. In fact, around 290 news­pa­pers are sold daily by the dif­fer­ent air­port out­lets.

What­ever their pref­er­ence for news di­gest may be, it is quite clear that trav­ellers love choco­late! This may come as no sur­prise, but would you have guessed that, last year, the air­port Dufry store alone sold over 671,000 bars?

The 773,580 cof­fees sold by the air­port Costa out­lets in 2017, sug­gest that get­ting a caf­feine fix is an in­te­gral part of peo­ple’s travel rit­u­als. Smooth­ies also get their fair share of love, with the eatery Dr Juice re­port­ing that around 13,520 ki­los of fruit go through its blenders ev­ery year to pro­duce only the fresh­est smooth­ies for pas­sen­gers and air­port vis­i­tors who seek healthy al­ter­na­tives.

This seem­ingly ran­dom col­lec- tion of fig­ures was put to­gether to cel­e­brate World Sta­tis­tics Day on 20 Oc­to­ber and the very im­por­tant work car­ried out by the air­port team’s num­ber crunch­ers through­out the year.

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