Ending with a total of 349,430 passenger movements, last month was Malta Int'l Airport's busiest February to date. Traffic for the month grew by a significant 18% over the previous year, peaking on the Feb 18th when the airport handled 15,189 pax. Whilst all winter months so far have registered double-digit growth, February's increase was the strongest.
This was observed in parallel with an increase in both aircraft movements and seat capacity, which grew by 14% and 15.5%, respectively. Despite a significant addition in the number of available seats on flights to and from the airport, seat load factor (SLF) gained 1.6% to reach 78.5%.
The top contributors to February’s traffic were the U.K. (+16%), Italy (+14%), Germany (+7%), Belgium (-2%), and France (+19%), cumulatively accounting for 71% of the total passenger movements recorded. These markets, except for Belgium, registered varying levels of growth, stemming from a winter flight schedule offering better connections.
The increase in passenger numbers from the U.K. and Italy can be mainly attributed to the launch of the Belfast, London-Southend, Naples and Comiso routes. On the other hand, traffic from Germany and France was boosted by better flight frequencies on the Munich and Paris-Orly routes, respectively.
Malta IAP is now looking ahead to unveiling a new flight schedule boasting more than 100 destinations towards the end of March to coincide with the start of summer for the aviation industry. (Source: maltairport.com, 8-Mar-2018)