2,370 passengers repatriated on 73 flights

Malta International Airport plc

2,370 passengers were repatriated through the Malta International Airport during April when a total of 73 repatriation flights to and from eight countries including the United Kingdom, Germany, Italy, and the Netherlands.

The Malta International Airport experienced a 99.64% drop in April when compared to the same month last year, the airport said in a statement on Thursday.

Following the coronavirus outbreak in Malta, inbound passengers flights were prohibited unless the flights were carrying Maltese citizens or residents. The travel ban has been extended until the end of May. The MIA said that the current figures highlighted the overwhelming impact of the coronavirus pandemic on the aviation industry.

However an increase of 39.8% in flights carrying freight was registered over the same month in 2019 to total 186 aircraft movements.

Malta International Airport CEO Alan Borg remarked that the number of passengers handled for the entire month of April is roughly equivalent to the number of passengers usually processed in an hour on a typical day in summer.

“The road to pre-COVID figures will doubtlessly be a long and hard one, but I am optimistic that if all stakeholders continue to pull the same rope and remain open to taking the necessary measures, customer confidence will gradually be restored and the demand for travel will recover,” he said.

The decline in passenger numbers for the month of April was observed in parallel with drops of 94.30 per cent in aircraft movements and 98.35 per cent in seat capacity. Seat load factor for the month of April stood at a very low 18.8 per cent.

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