Airport welcomes more than 500,000 passengers in July
Malta International Airport hosted a record 511,243 passengers in July, marking an increase of 8.5 per cent when compared to the same month last year. “We received more passengers in July than we did in August 2013 which was the best month ever recorded. We’re now eagerly looking forward to this year’s August figures.” said Malta International Airport CEO Markus Klaushofer.
These figures reinforce Malta International Airport’s decision to revise its forecast for the rest of the year. Mr Klaushofer announced last week that the aiport was now expecting a year-on-year growth of 4.2 per cent, revised from 2 per cent originally forecast in January. This followed six record months which accounted for more than 1.8 million passenger movements.
July’s figures were due to an overall seat capacity increase of 8.2 per cent and a 0.2 per cent increase in seat load factor, reaching 82.8 per cent for the month. Aircraft movements for the month rose by 8.2 per cent.
Traffic from the United Kingdom grew by 9.4 per cent in July, as a result of the increased capacity to and from London Gatwick. Traffic from Italy and France rose by 15 per cent and 19.9 per cent respectively, due to further growth in these markets over the July period. Traffic to and from Germany increased by 6.1 per cent.