August is MIA’s busiest month with more than 690,000 passengers

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Augusts is MIA's busiest month with more than 690,000 passengersThe month of August saw an unprecedented total of 693,537 passengers pass through Malta International Airport, resulting in an increase of 14.8 per cent in August’s traffic over the same month last year, MIA said in a statement today.

Growth in passenger numbers was achieved in line with an increase of 15.0 per cent in seat capacity, with an average of 22,372 travellers passing through the terminal on a daily basis, with this number spiking on the month’s busiest day to reach 26,359 passenger movements.

MIA said that there was a 12.9 per cent increase in aircraft movements, during the month of August, with no less than 4,624 take-offs and landings.

It added that despite the significant increase in available seats on flights to and from Malta International Airport, seat load factor (SLF), which measures airlines’ efficiency in filling these seats, stood at a healthy 88.1 per cent. This is the highest seat load factor for the year so far.

The United Kingdom, Italy, Germany, France, and Spain – the airport’s top five markets – were responsible for more than 460,000 passenger movements of the airport’s total traffic for August.

MIA said that in the first eight months of the year, it welcomed just over 4 million passengers, which is equivalent to the airport’s full-year traffic for 2013.

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