Malta IAP hosted 208,896 passengers in February 2015, registering an increase of 8.1% over the same month in 2014. February's results were achieved thanks to an increase in aircraft movements which translated to a seat capacity increase of 3.1% over last year. February also saw a significant increase in seat load factor, to 75.9% per cent, compared to 72.5% during the same period in 2014.
"This is another reminder that the passenger growth we are seeing in Malta is
steady, consistent and year-round. This is what all stakeholders have been
working towards and it is encouraging to see such excellent results being
registered month after month," said new CEO A. Borg.
He added that winter traffic so far, from November 2014 to February 2015, had
grown by over 43,000 passengers, an increase of 5.1 per cent over the same
period last year. The airport’s winter season officially ends on the Mar 28th.
Nearly half of last month’s growth came from traffic to and from Italy, with
an increase 17% over February 2014. This is mostly
due to increased capacity on the Catania route and an overall seat load factor
increase across most Italian destinations. Growth in February was also registered from the U.K (3.9%) and Germany (6.2%).
The French and Turkish markets also grew considerably compared to last year,
with an increase of 35.6% and 55.8% respectively. Traffic from Turkey is on an upward trend, which should continue to grow,
based on Turkish Airlines' recent announcement that frequency to Malta IAP will increase from the current daily flights to 13 per week later on this year.
Meanwhile, the maximum take-off weight (MTOW) increased by 3.3% and
cargo and mail also grew by 4.1%. (Source: maltairport.com, 5-Mar-2015)