In October, Malta International Airport saw a surge in passenger traffic, with 771,253 travellers passing through its gates, marking a 9.6% increase from 2019.
Additionally, seat capacity rose by 6.4%, though high demand resulted in an impressive 84.7% seat load factor (SLF) for the month.
The leading markets for October were Italy, the United Kingdom, Germany, France, and Spain. Italy, France, and Spain notably surpassed their 2019 figures by 47%, 53%, and 3% respectively.
However, the United Kingdom and Germany experienced slower recoveries, with declines of 17% and 23% compared to 2019.
The positive performance from January to October, along with optimistic expectations for November and December, prompted Malta International Airport to revise its traffic forecast. The airport now anticipates welcoming 7.8 million passengers by the close of 2023.