On 5 December, Malta International Airport plc published the November 2011 traffic results. The statistics reveal a 0.9% increase in passenger movements to 204,503 when compared to the same month last year. MIA explained that this increase was achieved despite an 8.8% decline in seat capacity to 269,352 seats. In fact, the average seat load factor increased by 7.2 percentage points to 75.9% from 68.5% registered in November 2010.
The airport operator stated that the German and French markets registered a significant increase of 21.7% and 14.5% respectively followed by the Belgian and British markets with gains of 9.8% and 6.8% respectively. On the other hand, statistics for the Italian market showed a decline of 10.6%.
During the first eleven months of the year, MIA’s passenger movements grew by 6.9% to 3,332,993 passenger movements. This increase was mainly due to the increased seat load factor to 76.5% (71.3% between January and November 2010). Meanwhile, seat capacity declined marginally by 0.4% during the first eleven months of 2011.