Malta International Airport (MIA) closed off 2019 with a record 7,310,289 passenger movements.
Translating into an increase of 7.4 per cent over 2018, the achievement of this full-year result marks the tenth year of traffic growth for the airport.
This rise in passenger numbers was observed in parallel with a 7.3 per cent increase in seat capacity. Measuring the occupancy of seats available on flights to and from Malta International Airport, seat load factor (SLF) remained unchanged from the previous year to stand at a healthy 81.8 per cent.
This solid full-year performance was partly driven by improved flight schedules for both the winter and the summer months. During the course of 2019, in fact, Malta International Airport welcomed a new airline, inaugurated 18 new routes spanning three continents, and introduced other developments aimed at further enhancing the islands’ connectivity, particularly in the off-peak months.
While growth of 7.2 per cent was posted in the winter and shoulder months, the peak summer months saw a marginally higher increase in passenger movements of 7.6 per cent.
The fastest-growing months of 2019 were December (+15.2 per cent), April (+10.5 per cent), June (+8.8 per cent), and October (+8.8 per cent), with three of these top performers being winter and shoulder months. On the other hand, the largest contributor to full-year traffic was the month of August, registering just over 823,000 passenger movements.
The top drivers of traffic for the year were the United Kingdom (+2.2 per cent), Italy (+3.4 per cent), Germany (+9.0 per cent), France (+10.8 per cent) and Spain (+17.3 per cent), all of which benefitted from route developments that continued to reinforce their popularity during 2019.