2017 was Malta International Airport’s (MIA) fastest-growing one on record, registering growth of by 17.5 per cent over 2016.
The Airports Council International’s (ACI) traffic report listed MIA amongst the airports that registered an ''impressive performance' between 2012 and 2017, with passenger traffic during this period increasing by 65 per cent. Peers in this list include Amsterdam-Schiphol, Dublin and Barcelona."
ACI observed that 2017 was the best year for European airports since 2004.
Following on from 2017's double-digit growth, MIA started 2018 with an upswing of 16.7 per cent in passenger numbers.
The airport issued a statement saying that January traffic through MIA grew by more than 50,000 movements over the same comparable stretch in 2017, bringing the month to a close with 351,550 passenger movements.
"Moreover, a number of route developments and increased flight frequencies for the winter season contributed to a 15.2 per cent increase in aircraft movements and a 16.8 per cent increase in seat capacity. On the other hand, seat load factor (SLF) decreased marginally by 1.1 PPD, and stood at 71.6 per cent for the month of January."
The UK held on to its first place amongst Malta International Airport's top drivers of traffic for January, closely followed by Italy. These two markets were followed by Germany, France, and Poland, which cumulatively accounted for over 22 per cent of the month's total traffic.
Whilst all five markets registered double-digit growth, at 82.2 per cent, Poland's increase was by far the strongest.