As the summer months set in, traffic at Malta IAP continued on its upward trend picked up over the past months, with May registering an increase of 14.4% in passenger numbers over the same time last year.
Malta IAP hosted a total of 548,354 travellers in May, with over 68,000 more travellers welcomed last month when compared to 2016. This increase in passenger numbers is equivalent to an extra 12 commercial aircraft carrying a full load of 180 passengers every day last month.
This growth was fueled by an upturn of 12.5% in aircraft movements and 15.1% in seat capacity. On the other hand, seat load factor, which measures airlines' efficiency in filling seats, decreased marginally by 0.9% and stood at 80.5%.
The airport's top five markets have remained unchanged during the past months, with the U.K. topping the list followed by Italy, Germany, France, and Belgium. All of these markets registered varying levels of growth, starting from a 10.0% increase on German destinations and reaching 132% for traffic from Brussels. (Source: maltairport.com, Jun-2017)