Malta International Airport hosted 8.6 per cent more passengers in August than it did during the same month last year welcoming 551,179 passengers and CEO Markus Klaushofer said the growth was the result of an unprecedented increase in the number of aircraft seats being taken up, resulting in a seat load factor of 86.5 per cent.
Seat capacity increased by 6.6 per cent, while flight movements rose by 5.1 per cent.
“August’s success was due to marked growth in some of the airport’s major markets, namely the UK, France, Germany and Italy,” he said.
Italy saw the highest growth in passenger traffic – an increase of 16.5 per cent due to the new routes added for the summer. Traffic from Germany and France grew by 10.4 per cent and 9.1 per cent, respectively, followed by the UK, which grew by 8.7 per cent.
The maximum take-off weight increased by 7.1 per cent and cargo mail increased by 4.6 per cent.
Between January and August, MIA hosted more than 2.9 million passengers resulting in an eight per cent increase over the same months last year.