Malta IAP hosted more than a quarter of a million passengers last month, an all-time record for November. In total, the airport welcomed 256,305 passengers in November, marking a 2.9% increase compared to the same month last year. This occurred despite aircraft movements having decreased by 1.8%.
The rise in passenger numbers was largely due to a record seat load
factor of 80.4%, up from 76.4% last November. The seat
load factor, which is the percentage of aircraft seats being filled,
helped to compensate for the drop in capacity.
In November, all the airport’s main markets registered an increase in
passenger movements when compared to the same period last year. The U.K. remains Malta’s top market, seeing an increase of 3.8% in
passengers passing through the airport. Meanwhile, Italy and Germany
increased traffic by 2.5% and 2.8% respectively.
Turkey managed to climb into the five major markets when it registered a
75.3% increase in passenger traffic when compared to the same
period last year. This is a direct result of the increased capacity on
this route, with daily flights to and from Istanbul.
Between January and November this year, Malta IAP saw
an increase of 6.5% when compared to last year’s figures,
hosting a total of 4,063,836 passengers. The maximum take-off weight decreased by 3.3% and cargo and mail decreased by 8.8%. (Source: maltairport.com, 5-Dec-2014)