Autumn at Malta IAP began on a positive note this year with passenger numbers comparable to those typically experienced during the early summer months. Passenger movements this October showed the greatest increase of any month in 2015 so far, with a 10.2% growth over October 2014.
In total, 464,557 passengers passed through the airport, representing a net gain of 42,834, over October last year. The rise in traffic has moved in line with seat capacity growth of 11.4% last month.
The airport also saw its four millionth passenger
last month, a considerable shift forward from last year when passenger
figures hit this same milestone on the Nov. 21st, a full month
With the exception of Germany which underwent a dip of 7.3%, all of the
airport’s top ten performing countries last month exceeded their
passenger numbers over the previous year. France demonstrated a modest
increase of 1.4%, while Turkey shot ahead, almost doubling its numbers
from 6,705 to 12,949 passengers this October.
Additional flights to the
Netherlands also led passenger figures to grow by an impressive 40.4%.
Other high-performing countries include Austria and Sweden which
increased by 20.8% and 29%, as well as Switzerland which saw a 29% boost
due to the entry of a new carrier into the Swiss market.
The top two
destinations remained the U.K. and Italy which grew by 9.6% and 10.1%
respectively and constituted a combined total of 18,626 additional
passengers last month.
In October, cargo increased by 3.6% which constituted an additional 52
tonnes. This means the airport carried the equivalent of 2,300 filled
suitcases in additional cargo when compared to the figures registered
last year. (Source: maltairport.com, 5-Nov-2015)