Saturday, January 13, 2018

M.I.A. plc releases 2017 traffic results and 2018 forecasts

Malta IAP today presented its traffic forecast for 2018, revealing that it expects to register further growth in the coming year to reach a total of 6.5 million passengers.

Presented at the airport’s yearly traffic results press conference, this forecast comes hot on the heels of Malta IAP’s announcement that it had reached its 6 millionth passenger milestone, thus breaking all previous traffic records.  2017 was brought to a close with 6,014,548 passenger movements, translating into an impressive upturn of 17.5% over 2016, and establishing 2017 as the fastest-growing year.

Thriving passenger numbers were observed in parallel with an increase of 15% in aircraft movements and an 18% growth in seat capacity.  In spite of this increase in the number of seats available, the seat load factor for the year still stood at a healthy 82.4%, in line with the observed European trend.

Malta IAP’s top drivers of traffic for 2017 were the U.K. (+8.9%), Italy (+14.8%), Germany (+20.9%), France (+20.6%), and Belgium (+109.2%).

"While our performance in 2017 may appear difficult to top, our forecast indicates that we can look ahead to another promising year, provided that hard work, investment, and service excellence continue to shape the way." said Malta IAP CEO A. Borg.

It was also highlighted that all months had achieved double-digit growth for the first time in the airport’s records, auguring well for the strategy developed by Malta IAP, the Ministry for Tourism and the Malta Tourism Authority to promote Malta as a year-round tourist destination.

Mr Borg went on to say that the airport’s summer schedule for 2018 features no less than 16 new routes, bringing the airport’s destination network up to a 100.  Moreover, this schedule introduces for the first time flights to Portugal, a long sought-after destination.  This development stems from the recent efforts of the traffic development Malta IAP and the respective government entities to establish a link with this previously unserved destination.

Beyond traffic projections, 2018 promises to be a busy year in terms of infrastructure developments, as it will mark the completion of Malta IAP’s €12 million Terminal Reconfiguration Project.  

While most of the terminal improvements falling within phase 1 of this project have been delivered, the focus has now shifted to the Check-In Hall, which will be equipped with eight additional check-in desks and a new Baggage Handling System (BHS) by summer 2018.

During the press conference, it was also revealed that in the coming year M.I.A. will be investing another €8.8 million in terminal and airfield improvements, airport operations and security, and a new cargo village. (Source:, 12-Jan-2018)