2017 off to a flying start at MIA with January registering 27.3% increase

  • January exceeds the 300,000 passenger mark for the first time
  • 27.3% traffic growth in January when compared to 2016
  • Enhanced connectivity to Germany, Spain, and Italy contributing factor to January’s growth

 The year is off to a flying start at Malta International Airport, with January having exceeded the 300,000 passenger mark for the first time.

Hosting precisely 301,289 passengers in January, the airport’s traffic for the month increased by 27.3% over 2016. This means that the airport welcomed 64,699 passengers more than it did in its first month last year; which figure surpasses the combined population of Malta’s three biggest towns.

This growth was registered on the back of an upturn in both aircraft movements and seat capacity, which grew by 22.1% and 27.7%, respectively. Enhanced connectivity to markets such as Germany, Spain and Italy was an important contributing factor to this growth. Moreover, seat load factor (SLF) also increased by 1 percentage point to reach 72.7%, indicating that airlines were more efficient in filling up available seats, as more tourists chose to travel to Malta.

The United Kingdom, Italy and Germany were the top three contributors of traffic at Malta International Airport, with all three registering double-digit growth.

Accounting for 15,784 and 13,903 passenger movements, Belgium and Spain, were the fourth and fifth top drivers of traffic to Malta during the month of January. Looking at the top five airports delivering traffic to Malta, one notes that newcomer Catania Fontanarossa International Airport established itself at the top of the list, following the introduction of added flight frequencies to this airport.

The maximum take-off weight (MTOW) at the airport also experienced a 26.8% growth to reach 104,108 tonnes and the weight of cargo and mail climbed to 1,305 tonnes from the 1,185 tonnes registered in January 2016.


Some changes in data collection have come into effect as from January 2017, with the numbers reported being marginally different to those reported in previous years. This, however, does not have a material impact on our reported results. If further details are required, kindly contact the Marketing & Brand Development team via communications@maltairport.com.