Malta International Airport plc - January Traffic Results
On 14 February 2023, Malta International Airport plc published the January 2023 traffic results. For the first time since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, passenger movements exceeded their relative 2019 figures. Indeed, the January 2023 traffic of 379,335 passenger movements is 3.9% higher than the same month in 2019, albeit it remains 9.3% below the record figure of 418,096 passenger movements of January 2020.
Meanwhile, the seat load factor for January 2023 stood at almost 77%, compared to 55.7% in January 2022, 46.7% in January 2021 and 71% in January 2020. However, the airport operator stated that pent-up demand for travel is expected to start levelling off as the year wears on.
MIA explained that Italy remained its largest market in January 2023, followed by the UK, France, Poland, and Germany. MIA noted that while more seat capacity was deployed on German routes, the higher seat load factor of 92% for Poland when compared to 77% for Germany, resulted in Poland overtaking Germany as the fourth most active route in terms of passenger movements.