Malta International Airport started what is set to be another challenging year for the aviation industry with a drop of 90.7% in January passenger traffic.
During the month of January, 38,938 passengers travelled through Malta IAP, with this monthly total being comparable to the traffic handled by the airport in three days in January 2020.
The airport's weakest traffic result since its reopening in Jul-20 comes in the wake of the implementation of new travel bans and more stringent requirements in source markets such as the U.K. the Netherlands and Belgium.
Having slid four places when compared to Jan-20, the U.K. ranked sixth in Malta IAP's top market list, with Italy, Germany, France, Turkey, and Belgium all outperforming it in terms of passenger movements.
Malta IAP registered significant drops in weekly flight frequencies for January. From among Malta IAP's top airports for the month, Rome Fiumicino was hit hardest, as the 27 weekly flights operated in Jan-20 were whittled down to just eight last month.
Changing travel requirements and restrictions also had an impact on overall connectivity, with Malta IAP's direct connections being limited to just 28 scheduled routes in January 2021 as opposed to 99 scheduled routes operated in Jan-20.
(Source: maltairport.com, 9-Feb-2021)