Malta International Airport plc - April Traffic Results

On 7 May 2020, Malta International Airport plc published the April 2020 traffic results revealing a drop of 99.64% in passenger movements to just 2,370 coupled with a 98.35% drop in seat capacity and a seat load factor of only 18.8% reflecting the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the aviation industry. In fact, during the month of April, MIA focused on its role in facilitating essential travel following the ban of all inbound commercial flights towards the end of March. In this respect, MIA noted that there were 73 repatriation flights to and from eight countries including the United Kingdom, Germany, Italy, and the Netherlands. Meanwhile, flights carrying freight registered an increase of 39.8% over the same month in 2019 to total 186 aircraft movements.

MIA’s CEO Alan Borg noted the 2,370 passenger movements handled during April are equivalent to what MIA used to handle in an hour on a typical summer day. Mr Borg further commented that the road to pre-COVID figures will undoubtedly be a long and hard one although he remains optimistic that if all stakeholders continue to pull the same rope and remain open to taking the necessary measures, customer confidence will gradually be restored and the demand for travel will recover.