The Malta Independent 27 November 2021, Saturday

428,426 passengers travelled through Malta international airport in October

Friday, 12 November 2021, 17:26 Last update: about 14 days ago

With 428,426 passenger movements registered, October became Malta International Airport's (MIA) best performing month since the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic, a statement by MIA read.

"Despite this encouraging result, which can be partly attributed to the easing of more entry restrictions by government and the mid-term holiday effect, last month's traffic was still 39.1% lower than October 2019 levels."

This decline in passenger numbers over October 2019 was registered in parallel with a drop of 28.5% in aircraft movements and a decrease of 27.7% in seat capacity. Seat load factor (SLF), on the other hand, stood at 69.3%, which translates into a drop of 13% compared to the same month in 2019.

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"The United Kingdom, which simplified testing requirements for fully vaccinated travellers at the beginning of October, continued to top the list of Malta International Airport's best-performing markets, registering just over 110,800 passenger movements. Italy, Germany, France and Spain followed the United Kingdom with a cumulative total of 170,991 passenger movements."

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