Wednesday, September 7, 2016

M.I.A. plc releases traffic results for August 2016

August’s unparalleled passenger movements – 598,515 – have topped all traffic records previously established by the Malta IAP. This figure translates into a growth of 2.3% over last year, indicating that the airport was bustling with an average of 19,300 passengers a day.

August's numbers can be attributed to an increase in seat capacity, together with a high seat load factor (SLF) of 88.8%, which indicates that airlines were also more efficient in filling up the seats available, as more tourists chose to fly to Malta for their August break.

A glance at the airport's top five markets shows that, last month, the majority of tourists who flocked to the Maltese islands came from the U.K., Italy, Germany, France, and Spain, with the latter featuring as the fifth top driver of traffic to Malta for the second, consecutive month.

Healthy growth rates of 3.6% and 4.1% ensured that the U.K. and Italy respectively, retained their position as Malta IAP's top drivers of passenger traffic. Both these markets presently enjoy an enhanced network to Malta, following added flights on a number of routes such as Edinburgh and Catania and a new popular route to Palermo.

The markets recording the most significant growth, on the other hand, were Poland and Spain. Poland grew by 47% over last year after the introduction of Gdansk and Poznań brought Polish routes up to five. On the other hand, Spain recorded a 14.7% growth over 2015 due to a new connection from Madrid and increased capacity to Gerona.

Cargo and mail registered a decrease of 3.20% over the same month last year. (Source: maltaiport.com, 6-Sep-2016)