Malta International Airport has already welcomed over 1.8 million passengers from January to date. The increase registered was of 7.7%, when compared to the same period last year. Positive results were registered in all source markets, with France registering the highest growth of 17.9%. The United Kingdom remains the largest market, maintaining first position with a growth of 6.7%.
Significant growth was also registered by the Italian market were improved results on existing routes and traffic on new routes Parma and Venice contributed further to this growth. Libya also showed signs of recovery during this period securing fifth place. Overall Seat Load Factor for the first six months of the year was increased by 0.5%, reaching an average of 75.6%.
In June, the number of passengers increased by 3% in comparison to the same month in the previous year. Seat Load Factor in June was slightly lower, by 0.8%. Seat Capacity increased by 4.1%. Aircraft movements increased by 5.3%.
Meanwhile in June, the United Kingdom continued to lead as the biggest market, increasing its passengers by 3.7%. The highest growth for the month was registered by France at 19.4%, standing at the fourth biggest market. This was a direct result of an increase in traffic from Paris airports, together with the growth generated from the recently introduced route to the western French city of Nantes.
Similar to the previous month, The Netherlands remained in the same position, registering an increase of 6%. Whilst the German market generated substantial increases from routes such as Frankfurt, the overall decline from this market is directly related to the fact that the Cruise and Fly operation started later. For the period under review, Cargo and Mail registered a positive increase of 3.6%. (Source: maltairport.com, 3-Jul-2014)