On 9 May, Malta International Airport plc published the April 2017 traffic results revealing a 26.6% year-on-year increase in passenger movements to 530,576 passengers – thus surpassing the half-a-million mark for the first time in April. The growth was registered on the back of a 17.7% increase in seat capacity as well as an improvement in the seat load factor of 5.3 percentage points.
MIA also explained that the strong passenger performance in April partly stemmed from the Easter holiday effect, coupled with the start of new operations and the extension of certain winter routes into the summer period. The Cruise & Fly programme, which was launched at the beginning of last month, was an important contributing factor to the growth registered by both the United Kingdom and Germany.
The United Kingdom retained its top spot among MIA’s top five markets, followed by Italy, Germany, France, and Belgium. Italy’s growth was mainly generated on the Catania route following increased flight frequencies to this destination. Meanwhile, enhanced seat capacity deployed on the Paris route and the launch of the new Bordeaux route in mid-April contributed to increased passenger numbers from France. Belgium was the market that registered the strongest growth during the month under review given the enhanced connectivity to Brussels.
January to April 2017
During the first four months of 2017, MIA registered a 24.4% increase in passenger movements to 1.51 million.