Following the 10.3% growth reported for the first half of 2010, passenger movements in July once again increased by a substantial 15.8% reaching a record high of 401,952 movements, the Malta International Airport said in a statement on Tuesday. The increase, in absolute terms, when compared to July 2009, is equivalent to 54,729 movements.
“This was the first time that Malta International Airport’s monthly passenger movements exceeded the 400,000 mark” said MIA CEO Julian Jaeger expressing satisfaction at these results and stating “this confirms our positive outlook for 2010. These results are indeed attributable to the close cooperation with the MTA as well as the input of all other stakeholders.”
The results for the first seven months of the year, in terms of passenger movements therefore show an increase of 11.5% when compared to the same period last year, totalling 1,782,757 passenger movements. The strong increase of 9.2% in seat capacity was the main driver of this result, whilst the average seat load factor improved by 1.4 percentage points reaching 69.0% for the period January to July 2010.
In July alone, aircraft movements and seat capacity grew by 10.8% and 12.0% respectively over the corresponding period last year, whilst the average seat load factor also increased by a significant 2.5 percentage points to reach 77.1% from the 74.6% registered in July 2009. The maximum take-off weight (MTOW) was 10.9% higher than that registered in July last year, whilst cargo and mail was 4.7% lower than that recorded during the same month in 2009.
All the core markets, with the exception of Germany, registered significant increases during the month of July with Spain, Italy and France growing by 41.5%, 31% and 17.5% respectively, whereas the largest market, the United Kingdom, resulted in a more modest increase of 5.2%. The German market on the other hand registered a 1% drop which is equivalent to 439 passenger movements.
Further information on traffic results may be viewed on MIA’s website www.maltairport.com/stats or by contacting the Communications Department on 2369 6288.
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