On 6 September, Malta International Airport plc published its August traffic results revealing a 2.3% increase in passenger movements over August 2015 to an all-time monthly high of 598,515 passengers – representing the handling of an average of 19,300 passengers per day. The growth in passenger traffic in August is attributable to an increased seat capacity coupled with a high seat load factor of 88.8% (August 2015: 87%) – indicating that airlines in general were also more efficient in filling up their seats available.
The largest growth in August emanated from the Polish and the Spanish markets, with increases of 47.0% and 14.7% respectively when compared to August 2015. In particular, passengers from Poland increased after the introduction of new routes from Gdansk and Poznań. Similarly, passengers from Spain increased after the introduction of a new connection from Madrid as well as increased capacity to Gerona.
Overall, the majority of passengers during the month of August came from the UK, Italy, Germany, France and Spain, with the latter featuring as the fifth top driver of traffic to Malta for the second consecutive month.
Meanwhile, cargo and mail volumes registered a decline of 3.2% over the same period last year.
January to August 2016
During the first eight months of 2016, MIA registered a 7.7% increase in passenger movements to 3.36 million when compared to the same period last year. In July, MIA had revised upwards its passenger growth forecast for 2016 to +7.5% to 4.97 million passengers compared to the previous 2016 forecast of 4.73 million (+2.4%) revealed in January 2016.