On 11 January 2023, Malta International Airport plc announced that during the month of December, it welcomed 421,468 passengers which is equivalent to 88.3% of the movements handled in the same month in 2019 and marks the strongest recovery rate achieved since the start of the pandemic.
MIA explained that the seat load factor of 81% indicated that the demand for air travel remained strong. Indeed, the seat load factor exceeded the pre-pandemic comparable figure for the eighth consecutive month.
In terms of popular destinations, Italy remained the top market for the tenth consecutive month, followed by UK, Germany, France and Poland. In this respect, MIA stated that the French (+26%) and Polish (+58.7) markets exceeded their pre-pandemic December levels while the other three markets still did not fully recover.
Overall, passenger movements during the entire 12-month of 2022 amounted to 5.85 million, which is higher than the updated 2022 full-year target of 5.7 million passenger movements, but still 20% below the full-year traffic for 2019 of 7.31 million passenger movements.