Malta International Airport (MIA) has surpassed the 800,000-passenger mark in May for the first time in its history. This milestone was most recently reached in July 2023.

May 2024’s 858,402 passenger movements exceeded the figure from the same month last year by 18.2 per cent (more than 132,000 movements). Prior to last month, the 2023 figure had held the record for the most passenger movements for May.

These figures were published by Malta International Airport plc through the Malta Stock Exchange on Tuesday (today).

Last month’s upswing in passenger traffic was observed in parallel with a 13.8 per cent increase in aircraft movements, with a total of 5,607 take-offs and landings recorded in May, along with a rise of 14.1 per cent in seat capacity.

Seat capacity for the month stood at 999,238 seats.

A high seat load factor of 85.9 per cent also demonstrated strong demand for air travel and efficient utilisation of available seats, MIA explained.

Italy (194,744 passenger movements), the United Kingdom and Germany continued to dominate the airport’s market leaderboard, collectively holding just above 50 per cent of the market share.

On the other hand, France and Poland secured the fourth and fifth positions respectively, with Poland achieving the most substantial growth, increasing by 62.4 per cent over the previous year.

The most popular airport for the month was London Gatwick, with 48,045 passenger movements.

Meanwhile, year-to-date traffic stood at 3,206,676 passenger movements representing a 19.6 per cent increase over 2023 figures.

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