Airport’s summer starts early with 5.7% passenger growth in April

415,409 passengers were welcomed last April, marking a 5.7% Malta Airport passenger growth over the previous year and kickstarting the busy, summer months ahead. This figure is comparable to the passenger numbers registered in the August peak of 2011 (427,575 passengers), just five years ago.

Malta Airport passenger growth in April partially resulted from the launch of the airport’s summer schedule, which features new routes, new airlines, and an increased flight frequency to a number of destinations. In fact this contributed to a seat capacity growth of 3.8%.

The top five traffic drivers for April remained largely unchanged from the previous months, with the United Kingdom holding on to its top spot, followed by Italy, Germany, and France.

The only exception was Poland, which placed fifth in the airport’s top markets list. Poland’s 27.3% growth over the previous year stemmed from the introduction of the new Poznań route towards the end of March and an increased flight frequency to Gdansk.

All of this falls in line with stepped-up efforts by the Government, the Malta Tourism Authority, and Malta International Airport to continue to develop the Island’s network with the Eastern European market.

A look back at the first four months of 2016 shows a record number of passenger movements at Malta International Airport with over 1.2 million guests having passed through, up by 12% compared to 2015.