These results were achieved because of an increase in seat capacity by 18% while retaining the same seat load factor. Seat capacity is the number of seats available across all served routes, while the seat load factor refers to the amount of seats taken up as a percentage of the availability.
"A total of 249,133 passengers were hosted by Malta IAP last month, breaking all previous records for November. This continues to confirm a very positive trend experienced throughout 2013, with one record month after another, even in the first full month of the winter season," said Malta Airport CEO M. Klaushofer.
The airport hosted more than 3.8 million passengers from January to November which marks a 10.4% increase over the same period last year. The same period also saw a seat capacity increase of 10.2%.
November's success was in part due to massive growth in some major markets. Traffic from the U.K. grew by14.9 % while traffic from Italy grew by 25 %. Traffic also increased in Spain, by 37.2%, and Germany, by 5 %.
Meanwhile, aircraft movements increased by 18.1% in November compared to the same period last year. The maximum take-off weight increased by 15.5% and cargo mail increased by 2.2%.
(Source: maltairport.com, 5-Dec-2013)