The month of March this year saw 316,713 Malta International Airport passengers, bringing up traffic for the first quarter of the year to around 673,000.
The total for this quarterly was 44.1% below the airport’s traffic during the same period in 2019, before the pandemic hit.
The number of available seats on flights remained 35.4% below pre-pandemic levels, with the seat load factor (SLF) averaging at 65.5% of the first three months of the year. The SLF measures the occupancy of the seats.
The seat load factor was 10.2% below 2019 levels, the statement by MIA revealed. The Italian market was the main channel to occupy air traffic to the island.
Just under 125,000 passenger movements from Italy were registered. The UK followed suit with around 119,000 passenger movements. France, Germany and Poland registered a total of 174,838 passenger movements.
The MIA statement emphasised the fact that out of the five aforementioned companies, the UK and Poland announced the lifting of COVID restrictions. A total of 14 countries that are currently connected to MIA have so far removed their restrictions.
This comes as Malta continues to ease restrictions in for the pandemic exit-roadmap. The easing was welcomed by the likes of MIA, as well as hotels associations. They urged authorities to remove the remaining restrictions as the summer period closes in.