Tuesday, November 8, 2016

M.I.A. plc release traffic results for/up to October 2016

Summer closed on a sunny note for Malta IAP, registering 3,645,812 passenger movements, which translate into a 6.3% growth.

During the summer period — which for the aviation industry stretches from the end of March until the end of October — the airport hosted over 210,000 passengers more than it did during the same period in 2015. These figures mark Malta IAP's busiest summer yet.

This increase was registered on the back of an upturn of 4.3% in seat capacity and an improved seat load factor, which climbed up to 85% from 83.3% in summer 2015. Moreover, a rise of 1.4% was also recorded in aircraft

The top five markets for the summer months were the U.K., Italy, Germany, France and Poland. A spike in passenger numbers of 46% put Polands growth well above that registered by the other four markets. While the U.K. and Germany both recorded an increase of 3%, the French market grew by 5% and Italy registered a more significant 11%.

Looking back at October shows that this month grew by 10.4% over 2015 to host over half a million passengers for the first time ever.

October's list of top drivers of traffic largely reflected the one for the summer months, with the U.K. (4%) holding to its top spot, followed by Italy (23%), Germany (18%), France (5%), and Switzerland (25%). 

The varying rates of growth for these markets in October stemmed from the launch of a number of new routes, enhanced operations to destinations such as Zurich, and a better seat load factor on flights to Amsterdam and Turkey. Moreover, an improvement of 2.5% brought October's seat load factor up to 86%. (Source: maltairport.com, 7-Nov-2016)