Malta Airport reports record for April with 13.7% passenger increase

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Malta Airport reports record for April with 13.7% passenger increaseMalta International Airport has said that in April it hosted a total of 376,935 passengers, resulting in an increase of 13.7 per cent when compared to the same period last year.

The airport said that traffic figures for April are comparable to those achieved in June 2012 (375,294 passengers) “clearly showing that the efforts undertaken by the Ministry for Tourism, Malta Tourism Authority and the Airport, in promoting Malta as an all year round destination are bearing fruit.”

The UK continues to lead as the biggest market, increasing its passengers arriving on Malta by 14.8 per cent. Germany and France registered even higher growth at 21.6 and 21.4 per cent respectively.

“The increased traffic we’ve been seeing between winter and spring shows that Malta is no longer perceived as just a summer destination among holidaymakers. These results augur well for a busy summer,” said Malta International Airport CEO Markus Klaushofer.

Meanwhile, aircraft movements for April increased by 11.1 per cent. This mirrored the increase of 11.7 per cent in seat capacity which reached 491,856, when compared to the corresponding period of the previous year.

Seat Load Factor registered an increase of 1.3 percentage points, while the maximum take-off weight (MTOW) increased by 10.5 per cent when compared to 2013 figures.

Cargo and mail registered a decline of 8.7 per cent over the previous year.

MIA said that these results take into account the shift of the Easter holiday period into mid-April from end of March in the previous year.

Photo by Kurt Arrigo © Malta International Airport plc

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