Saturday, January 24, 2015

Malta IAP hosted 4.29 million passengers in 2014

Malta International Airport welcomed a total of 4,290,304 passengers in 2014, a 6.4% increase over the previous year. The growth is the result of further capacity being deployed to Malta from operating airlines. 2014 saw also an increase in aircraft movements by 4.8%, resulting in an equal increase in seat capacity.

Besides an increase in available flights and seats to and from Malta, the airlines flying through the airport also succeeded in increasing the seat load factor, meaning that aircraft were on average fuller than in 2013, from 78.5% to 79.7%. Meanwhile, cargo and mail dropped by 3.1%, from 16,038 tonnes to 15,547 tonnes.

Last year, the airport saw unprecedented passenger numbers from its four major markets, with significant growth registered for the U.K. (6.1%), Italy (12.1%), Germany (3.2%) and France (17%). There was a large drop of 25.8% in traffic from Spain, the fifth largest market, due to weakening demand in Spanish outbound leisure tourism which resulted in a significant seat capacity drop. (Source: maltairport.com, 23-Jan-2015)