Easter holidays drive April passenger traffic through Malta Airport to reach 79% of pre-pandemic levels

  • April’s recovery was the strongest Malta International Airport has registered so far
  • Almost 78 per cent of the seats deployed on flights to Malta were occupied
  • Easter, the launch of a new flight schedule and the easing of restrictions all boosted passenger traffic through the airport

Last April brought busier days for Malta International Airport, as 513,979 passengers travelled through the terminal during the month. This figure marks a recovery of 78.7 per cent of pre-pandemic passenger numbers, which is the strongest monthly recovery Malta International Airport has registered so far.

Reaching 77.8 per cent, the seat load factor (SLF) for the month of April was just 5.6 percentage points below pre-pandemic levels, indicating an encouraging demand for travel.

Several factors, including the launch of the airport’s summer flight schedule which offers better connections together with the easing of Malta’s entry restrictions on April 11, were important contributors to April’s positive results.

However, the Easter holidays were possibly the strongest driving factor. During last month’s busiest week, which fell between April 18 and 24, Malta International Airport welcomed 133,267 passengers, which total is roughly comparable to the traffic handled by the airport in the first month of the year.

The best-performing markets for the month remained unchanged from March, as Italy continued to top the leaderboard with 114,707 passenger movements, followed by the United Kingdom, France, Germany and Poland.

April’s traffic augurs well for the upcoming months, which are expected to bring the release of more pent-up demand for travel; however, recently published data for the first quarter of the year shows that Malta’s recovery still lagged behind that of its Mediterranean competitors.

While Malta has eased many of its travel restrictions in recent weeks making the island a more attractive destination, survey results published by the European Travel Commission in April 2022 showed that 56% of Europeans who were planning to travel in summer had already chosen their destination.

Published on: 09.05.2022