Following on from 2017's uninterrupted double-digit growth, Malta IAP started 2018 with an upswing of 16.7% in passenger numbers. January traffic grew by more than 50,000 passenger movements over the same comparable stretch in 2017, bringing the month to a close with 351,550 passengers.
Moreover, a number of route developments and increased flight frequencies for the winter season, contributed to a 15.2% increase in aircraft movements and a 16.8% increase in seat capacity. On the other hand, seat load factor decreased marginally by 1.1 PPD, and stood at 71.6% for the month of January.
Outperforming Italy by just 1,450 passenger movements, the U.K. held on to its first place amongst Malta IAP's top drivers of traffic for January. These two markets were followed by Germany, France, and Poland, which cumulatively accounted for over 22% of the month's total traffic.
Whilst all five markets registered double-digit growth, at 82.2%, Poland's increase was by far the strongest, auguring well for the joint endeavours of Malta IAP, the government, and the Malta Tourism Authority to maximise the potential presented by the Eastern European market through better connections with the region.
Meanwhile, traffic results released just yesterday by Airports Council International show that Malta IAP was one of the top five performers, in terms of full-year growth, amongst airports in its class, each hosting between five and ten million passengers annually. (Source: maltairport.com, 6-Feb-2018)