On 6 October 2021, Malta International Airport plc announced that during the month of September 2021, it welcomed 418,473 passengers which is the strongest monthly figure since the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic in March 2020. Moreover, although the number of passenger movements in September 2021 is 45.1% lower than that of the corresponding month in 2019, on the other hand it is virtually at par to the volume of passengers recorded in January 2020 and February 2020 prior to the pandemic in Europe. Similarly, the seat load factor of just over 70% in September 2021 is the highest level since the outbreak of the pandemic, and also almost equivalent to the seat load factor of 71% achieved in January 2020.
Meanwhile, MIA explained that the UK market retained its top spot in terms of passenger traffic, followed by the Italian, German, French, and Spanish markets. Travellers departing or arriving from the UK in September 2021 amounted to over 108,000 as the rebound is gaining pace amid the further easing of travel restrictions by the UK government.
In conclusion, the airport operator noted that its flight schedule for the upcoming winter season features new flight connections, additional services to unserved markets including Croatia, North Macedonia and the United Arab Emirates, as well as a number of route extensions from summer into winter.