Malta Airport reports 6.4% increase in passenger traffic for May

5 June 2014 (Last Updated June 5th, 2014 18:30)

Malta International Airport has reported a 6.4% increase in passenger traffic during May, compared with the same period in 2013.

Malta International Airport has reported a 6.4% increase in passenger traffic during May, compared with the same period in 2013.

During the month, the airport has also surpassed the 400,000 passenger mark for the first time and overall aircraft movements went up by 6.5%.

The increase in passenger traffic can be attributed to an added seat capacity of 4.9%, as well as a 1.1% point increase in the seat load factor, which reached an overall 76.5% for the month.

"The results achieved in May reflect the commitment of the airport and key industry stakeholders, who work closely together to ensure constant growth."

Malta International Airport CEO Markus Klaushofer said: "The results achieved in May reflect the commitment of the airport and key industry stakeholders, who work closely together to ensure constant growth."

According to the airport, traffic from the UK grew by 8.9% due to the growth in passenger traffic in London Gatwick, as well as regional airports across the country.

The airport also recorded a 21.4% increase in traffic from France, following the growth on Paris flights by Air Malta and the introduction of a new Transavia route from Nantes.

Flights to and from Italy and the Netherlands also increased by 13.9% and 9.1% respectively.

Malta International Airport has also recorded growth from emerging markets such as Turkey, Hungary and Lithuania.