On 7 March, Malta International Airport plc published the February 2011 traffic results. The statistics reveal an increase of 17.8% in passenger movements to 174,877 during February mainly due to the 20.1% increase in seat capacity over the same month in 2010.
The February traffic figure includes the exceptional 5,500 passenger movements generated from the Libyan-related evacuation flights. Therefore, excluding these one-off movements, the normalised growth rate for the month of February is 14.1% similar to the 14.9% increase in passengers reported in January 2011.
MIA noted that passenger movements by means of military and private aircraft had no impact on the results as this traffic is excluded from official figures.
The airport operator explained that the French, Spanish and Italian markets once again grew significantly during February by 61.4%, 51.5% and 15.2% respectively. Germany and the UK also grew but by a more modest 8% and 6.5% respectively.
Last year, MIA registered a 12.8% increase in passenger movements to a new record of 3.29 million passenger movements and expects to maintain this record level during 2011. During the first two months of 2011, passenger movements increased by 16.3%.
Download a copy of the MIA February 2011 Traffic Results – Press Release