On 11 April 2022, Malta International Airport plc announced that it welcomed 316,713 passengers in March 2022 which although is considerably higher than the volume of traffic registered in the corresponding period in 2021 (32,033 passenger movements) and 2020 (169,389 passenger movements), last month’s figure is still 33.7% lower than the total of 477,533 passengers welcomed in March 2019.
In aggregate, MIA welcomed 672,965 passengers in the first three months of the year compared to 98,495 in Q1 2021, 1 million in Q1 2020, and 1.2 million during the same period in 2019. Accordingly, passenger traffic in Q1 2022 stood at 56% of the volume handled during the same period prior to the outbreak of the pandemic.
In Q1 2022, the total number of seats available on flights to and from Malta remained 35.4% below pre-pandemic levels whilst the seat load factor averaged at 65.5% compared to 75.7% in the first three months of 2019. MIA’s top market in Q1 2022 was Italy (representing 18.6% of total passenger movements), followed by the UK (17.7%), France, Germany, and Poland (which, in aggregate, represented 26% of total traffic).