Record passenger movements in October at MIA
The Malta International Airport plc has registered a record number of passenger movement for the month of October of 348,711.
The increase in passenger movements, when compared to the same month last year, is equivalent to an increase of 0.6%. Seat capacity in the same month was of 435,542 or 1.2% more than that of October 2011.
In October, aircraft movements decreased by 0.6% over the corresponding period last year, whilst the average seat load factor decreased marginally by 0.4 PPD, and stood at 80.1%. The maximum take-off weight (MTOW) increased by 0.6% with a total of 219,445 tonnes, whilst cargo and mail was 26.5% less than that recorded during the same month in 2011.
The German market had a significant decrease of 26.7%, whereas the Spanish market registered a decrease of 7.3%. On the other hand, the Italian, UK and French markets registered increases of 5.9%, 5.6% and 2.5% respectively.
The results for the first 10 months of the year, in terms of passenger movements, show an increase of 3.7% when compared to the same period last year, totalling 3,245,545 passenger movements. Once again, this positive result was mainly brought about by the increase in the average seat load factor which stands at 2.4 PPD, and this is more noteworthy when one considers that the number of aircraft movements has more or less remained the same with an increase of 0.2% over the same period last year.
The company said that with the closing of the Summer Schedule (Apr-Oct), it is now in a position to update its forecast for passenger traffic for 2012 from an increase of 1.5% announced in July 2012 to approximately 3%, which means reaching the record of more than 3.6 million passengers.