Malta International Airport (MIA) saw 4,269,623 passenger movements this summer, an increase of more than 600,000 passenger movements over the same comparable period in 2016.
“Last summer was our busiest yet on more levels than one,” MIA said in a statement. “Apart from our ongoing Terminal Reconfiguration Project, we hosted over 4 million passengers in a span of seven months, which highlights the fastest rate ever at which traffic through our airport has grown.”
“Having recently launched our winter schedule, our traffic development team, together with the Malta Tourism Authority, is looking ahead to next summer, with a number of interesting developments already in sight,” said MIA CEO Alan Borg.
Besides growth in passenger numbers in the summer months (from April until the end of October for the aviation industry), there was an upturn of 13.3 per cent in aircraft movements and an increase of 16.1 per cent in seat capacity, due to an enhanced flight schedule for the season.
Furthermore, at 85 per cent, seat load factor (SLF) for the seven-month period remained unchanged from last year.
The top drivers of passenger traffic to Malta International Airport were the United Kingdom, Italy, Germany, France, and Spain.
Having welcomed over 5.2 million passengers for the year to date, the airport’s focus has now shifted to achieving the best results for winter. The airport recently unveiled its new winter schedule featuring five new destinations, bringing its total of destinations up to 66.