The Malta Independent 4 December 2020, Friday

84,000 passengers pass through airport in first three weeks after reopening

Friday, 24 July 2020, 16:55 Last update: about 5 months ago

Around 84,000 arriving and departing passengers have passed through the Malta International Airport in the first three weeks of July, a statement by the airport revealed.

On 1 July, the airport reopened for a list of safe corridors after 4 months of closure due to the COVID-19 pandemic and on 15 July more destinations were added to the list.

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After the first week of reopening, the Tourism Minister Julia Farrugia Portelli had reported that Malta had seen 20,000 passenger movements spread across 220 flights and 11 catamaran trips.

Now, three weeks later, the MIA is reporting that the airport alone has seen 84,000 passengers pass through, a drastic decrease from the usual numbers Malta experiences during this time of year. Notably, this amount is just above 10% of the total amount of passengers the airport experienced in 2019; 798,453.

In its statement, the MIA said that every precautionary measure has been taken to ensure that, whatever the reason for their trip, travelling guests can start it or end it with the safest and most seamless airport experience.

With everyone’s cooperation remaining crucial to maintaining a safe environment that allows travellers to feel at ease, the MIA pointed out that that there are a couple of important things should be kept in mind by those who will be flying soon.

This includes filling out any forms need to be filled in and submitted ahead of or immediately upon arrival at their destination. Passengers arriving in Malta, will need to complete two forms prior to landing. Arriving passengers are reminded to hand the fill in forms to the crew on board the aircraft or follow the crew’s instructions on where to deposit them.

Additionally, social distancing and good hand hygiene should be held as a priority as indicated by the signage and floor markings around the terminal and instructed by the team on the floor.

The MIA summer flight schedule can be found here for some destination inspiration. Some of the most popular markets within the first three weeks were Germany, Austria and Poland.

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