MIA registers over half a million passenger movements in April
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Passenger movements registered an increase of 26.6%, surpassing the half a million mark for the first time in April, Malta International Airport said in a statement today.
The Airport said added that it welcomed a total of 530,576 passengers, on the back of an increase of 17.7% in seat capacity and an improvement of 5.3 percentage points in seat load factor (SLF).
This strong performance partly stemmed from the Easter holiday effect, together with the start of new operations and the extension of certain winter routes into the summer period, MIA said.
It noted that the Cruise & Fly programme, which was launched at the beginning of last month, was an important contributing factor to the growth registered by both the United Kingdom and Germany.
The top spot among MIA’s top five markets was retained by the UK, followed by Italy, Germany, France, and Belgium. Italy’s growth was mainly generated on the Catania route, following increased flight frequencies to this destination.
MIA said that enhanced seat capacity deployed on the Paris route and the launch of the new Bordeaux route in mid-April contributed to increased passenger numbers from France. The strongest growth was registered in the Belgium market, resulting from he connectivity to Brussels.
An average of 17,600 passengers passed through the airport every day. MIA added that, this figure spiked on the 13th of April, when 23,400 passengers were welcomed at the terminal, making it the busiest day of the year so far.