MIA Listed Among 'Fast And Furious' European Airports For Passenger Traffic Growth
And the figures show that it's only getting started
In one of the year's first press releases by the Airports Council International's European division, Malta's airport has been recognised as one of the fastest-growing European airports in 2017.
Traffic results released on Monday by ACI show that, in terms of full-year growth, Malta International Airport was one of the top five performers amongst airports in its class (those hosting between five and 10 million passengers annually).
In fact, growing by 17.5% over 2016, last year was MIA’s fastest-growing one on record. Other European airports registered a similarly impressive year, with the ACI concluding that 2017 was the best year for European airports since 2004.
Malta's airport registered an increased of 65% between 2012 and 2017, placing it in the ACI's classification of airports that have registered an “impressive performance”. Dublin, Barcelona and Amsterdam-Schiphol received a similar honour.
The trend seems to only be increasing now that the first month of 2018 is over.
January's traffic has grown by another 16.7%, kicking off MIA's 2018 in style. That's a growth of over 50,000 movements from 2017, bringing the total number of passenger movements for January up to 351,550.
Increased flight frequencies and a number of route developments for the winter season no doubt contributed to this growth, which marked a 15.2% increase in aircraft movements and a 16.8% increase in seat capacity. Seat Load Factor (SLF), which is used to assess how efficiently a transport provider fills seats and generates fare revenue, on the other hand, decreased by 1.1 PPD for a total of 71.6%.
The UK once again held on to its first place amongst MIA's top drivers of traffic for January. However, Italy followed suit with only 1,450 fewer passenger movements. Germany, France and Poland followed suit, accounting for over 22% of the month's total traffic. Poland's was by far the strongest increase, sitting at an impressive 82.2%.