Passenger movements at Malta IAP in February reached 169,689, 3% less when compared to February 2011. Seat capacity for the month decreased to 245,231 seats, i.e. 10.6% less than Feb-11. The average seat load factor grew by 5.5% in this same month, following a similar increase (5.1%) registered in Jan-12.
M.I.A. plc in a statement pointed out that the month’s results need to take into consideration the extraordinary influx of traffic arrivals from Libya for a total of 5,500 passenger movements in February last year. Moreover, one must also factor in the extra day (29th), due to the leap year, on which Malta Airport had 5,364 passenger movements.
The German and UAE markets grew remarkably in February, by 34.6% and 18.6% respectively, and the U.K. market grew by a slight 0.1%. The French and Italian market decreased by 24.6% and 14.4% respectively.
January-February 2012: For the first two months of the year, passenger movements decreased by 2.6%, with aircraft movements decreasing by 9.6% and seat capacity decreasing by 10.2%. In the same period, the average seat load factor registered an increase of 5.2 percentage points, the minimum take-off weight decreased by 8.9%, whereas cargo and mail were almost the same with an increase of 1.9%. (Source: timesofmalta.com)