Record May Sees Over 800,000 Passengers Travel Through Malta International Airport

  • Passenger movements in May exceeded 2023 record by more than 18 per cent
  • Substantial growth registered by aircraft movements and seat capacity
  • Strong travel demand reflected in monthly seat load factor of 85.9 per cent

Passenger movements through Malta International Airport surpassed the 800,000-mark in May for the first time in the airport’s history, with this milestone being reached in July last year.

In fact, May’s 858,402 movements exceeded the airport’s previous passenger traffic record for the month, held by May 2023, by 18.2 per cent, or more than 132,000 movements.

Last month’s upswing in passenger traffic was observed in parallel with a 13.8 per cent increase in aircraft movements, with a total of 5,607 take-offs and landings recorded in May, and a rise of 14.1 per cent in seat capacity.

A high seat load factor of 85.9 per cent also demonstrated strong demand for air travel and efficient utilisation of available seats.

Italy, the United Kingdom, and Germany continued to dominate Malta International Airport’s market leaderboard, collectively holding just over 50 per cent of the market share. France and Poland secured the fourth and fifth positions respectively, with Poland achieving the most substantial growth, increasing by 62.4 per cent over 2023.


Total Traffic 858,402 passenger movements
Top Market Italy (194,744 passenger movements)
Most Popular Airport London, Gatwick (48,045 passenger movements)
Aircraft Movements 5,607 take-offs & landings
Seat Capacity 999,238 seats

Fastest-growing Market

(from top 5)

Poland (62.4 per cent)
Cargo and Mail 2,014 tonnes
Year to Date Traffic 3,206,676 passenger movements (+19.6 per cent over 2023)


Published on: 11.06.24