Malta IAP registered an increase of 9.9% in passenger traffic over the same month last year, welcoming a record number of 441,943 passengers in May. This figure is higher than the passenger numbers registered in the August peak of 2011 (427,575 passengers), just under four years ago.
The airport’s busy summer schedule includes two new routes to Helsinki and Warsaw, five new airlines and a number of additional frequencies when compared to last year. In fact, aircraft movements and seat capacity both increased by 6.3% when compared to last year. Meanwhile, the percentage of filled seats on each flight increased from 76.4% to 79% in 2015.
In May, traffic from Germany rose significantly by 32.1% as a result of Cruise and Fly operations starting two months ahead of last year. Excellent results were also registered in Italy, with a growth of 15.4%.
The United Kingdom remains Malta’s largest tourism market, up by 1.5% when compared to the same month last year. Meanwhile, the Netherlands joined May’s leading five markets, following a 15.4% increase on the Amsterdam route. Traffic to and from France dropped by 5.8% due to the reduction of the Toulouse route.
Between January and May this year, Malta International Airport saw an increase of 6.5% when compared to last year’s figures, hosting a total of 1,528,241 passengers so far. Meanwhile, the maximum take-off weight rose by 3.6% and cargo and mail decreased by 9.5%. (Source: maltairport.com, 4-Jun-2015)