Malta International Airport recovers 84% of its pre-pandemic connectivity in October

  • October was the sixth consecutive month to register an increase in SLF over 2019
  • Italy, France & Poland registered growth over October 2019 passenger figures
  • October brought the aviation summer to a close with 4.32 million passenger movements


Malta International Airport welcomed 590,278 passengers in October, recovering nearly 84 per cent of the traffic it had handled in the same month in 2019.

The seat load factor (SLF) for the month reached 86 per cent, marking an increase of 3.7 percentage points over pre-pandemic levels. Monthly seat load factors have been on the rise, compared to the pre-pandemic reference year, since May 2022.

Italy remained Malta International Airport’s top market, followed by the United Kingdom, Germany, France and Poland. As has been the case over the past months, in October, Italy, France and Poland continued to register growth over 2019, while the United Kingdom and Germany continued to lag behind in their recovery.


October marked the end of the summer season for Malta International Airport and the wider aviation industry. During the season, which started in April with the launch of the airport’s new summer schedule, 4.32 million passengers travelled through Malta International Airport. During this period, Malta International Airport was connected to 103 destinations, translating to a recovery of 82 per cent of its pre-pandemic summer connectivity.

Published on: 11.11.22