Traffic through the Malta International Airport continued to exhibit an upward trend, with June passenger numbers further narrowing the gap created by the pandemic. With 603,532 passengers welcomed, marking a recovery of 83.6% of pre-pandemic traffic, June has so far been the airport’s busiest month since October 2019.
The result was achieved on the back of a recovery of 80.8% in aircraft movements and a recovery of 82.3% in seat capacity. The seat load factor (SLF) for the month of June increased by 1.4% over pre-pandemic levels to stand at a healthy 85.5%.
A similar increase in SLF had also been resisted in May 2022. Having resisted a slight increase in market share over May 2022, Italy tightened it grip on the top spot of the MIA’s market leaderboard. The United Kingdom, France and Germany also retained their positions from the previous month.
On the other hand, June saw the return of Spain among the airport’s top five markets following an absence of seven months, as Poland dropped to sixth place. In June, Malta International Airport welcomed the first Vueling flight from Bilbao in Northern Spain, bringing the number of Spanish destinations served up to five.
Year-to-date traffic was roughly equivalent to full-year traffic for 2021, which year was brought to a close with 2.5 million passenger movements. Between January and June 2022, 2.3 million passengers travelled through MIA, translating to a recovery of 72.1% of the traffic handled during the first half of 2019.
Photo source: Rene Rossignaud (MIA)