The Malta International Airport saw a 20.2 per cent increase in passenger growth, one of the highest in Europe during the first half of 2017, according to Airports Council International.
The Majors (Europe’s top five busiest airports) recorded a passenger traffic increase of 4.3 per cent in H1 – a notable improvement over their 2016 performance (1.6 per cent). Amsterdam-Schiphol topped the league in terms of growth (8.7 per cent), followed by Paris-CDG (5.2 per cent), Frankfurt (4.5 per cent), London-Heathrow (3.9 per cent), while Istanbul-Atatürk fell by 1.1 per cent.
Malta’s airport was counted amongst other medium-sized airports in the Benelux, Cyprus, Portugal, Estonia, Lithuania, Poland, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Slovenia and Croatia, which all achieved double digit growth.
In the non-EU market, airports in Albania, Georgia, Moldova, Montenegro and Ukraine each grew by well above 20 per cent.
During the first half of this year, passenger traffic at Europe’s airports grew by an average of 9 per cent, driven by a mix of one-off factors and more structural ones, including markets affected by terrorism last year bouncing back, the return of strong passenger demand in Russia and Turkey, continued improvement in the economy and consistently low oil prices.