The Malta Independent 25 October 2020, Sunday

MIA records 83.1% drop in September traffic when compared to previous year

Thursday, 8 October 2020, 16:36 Last update: about 17 days ago

September traffic through Malta International Airport registered a drop of 83.1% when compared to the same month in 2019, with passenger movements totalling 128,664, MIA said.

Aircraft movements and seat capacity for the month of September decreased by 57.9% and 59.9% respectively. Seat load factor (SLF) for the month registered a drop of 49.9 percentage points to stand at 36.3%.


The top markets for the month of September were Germany (-71.4%), Italy (-83.1%), the United Kingdom (-89.2%), France (-73.1%) and Austria (-55.4%).


A look at Quarter Three

September brought quarter three to a close with a 77.6% contraction in passenger traffic when compared to the same period in 2019.

Within this three-month period, peak recovery levels were observed in August – particularly in the first two weeks of the month - with passenger numbers increasing by 64.9% over July 2020.

The introduction of Malta’s amber list, together with other travel restrictions, led to a downward trend in the second half of August, which persisted in September. September traffic, in fact, was approximately half of the traffic registered in August.


Airports Council International’s (ACI) Updated Forecast

 In the first week of October, Airports Council International published an updated passenger traffic forecast for European airports, which indicates that 2020 will end with a loss of 1.69 billion passengers translating into a drop of 69% over 2019.


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