“Every year our challenge is to keep building on the year-on-year successes of the past decade, while investing strategically to cater for projected growth. This year is no exception. We are investing more than ever before while working closely with airlines and other partners to keep building our network and increase Malta’s connectivity,” MIA CEO A. Borg told a press conference.
He said the results of last year showed the airport was achieving its goal of increasing traffic in the winter months. December alone saw a 9% increase over last year, he pointed out, thanking the Malta Tourism Authority and the Ministry of Tourism for their continuous support in attracting new airlines and passengers. Throughout this winter, M.I.A. will be connected to another three airports, bringing the total to 57.
Three new airlines are expected to start flying next summer, including Volotea to Catania, Iberia Express to Madrid and Czech Airlines to Prague.
Meanwhile, EasyJet will launch a new route to Geneva and Ryanair will be expanding their operations by another ten routes in the summer, including Poznan, Baden-Baden and Cologne.
Flights will also be added to Athens, Budapest and Helsinki, through Aegean, Wizz Air and Finnair respectively, all relative newcomers to Malta International Airport.
Last year was a very positive year for M.I.A., with passenger growth of 7.7% over 2014, a total increase of 328,338 passengers. Aircraft movements increased by 6.3%, while seat capacity went up by 5.8%.
The top markets for 2015 remained the United Kingdom, which saw an increase of 4.7%, Italy, which increased by 13.3% and Germany which increased by 3.1%. Substantial increases were also registered from Turkey (82.7%), Poland (50.1%) and Switzerland (18.7%).
Crucially, seat load factor also increased to 81.1% from 79.7%, meaning planes are being filled closer to capacity. Meanwhile, Cargo and Mail was up by 5.6% from 15,547 tonnes in 2014 to 16,414 tonnes in 2015.
In his concluding remarks, Mr Borg thanked all the 5,000 employees working at the airport for the commitment and dedication they show every single day, hence making another record year possible. He added that through the collaboration with its partners, Malta International Airport continuously seeks to raise the quality of experience for passengers, with the goal of becoming the best airport in Europe. (Source: maltairport.com, 19-Jan-2016