3,348 passengers travelled on humanitarian flights in June

Miguela Xuereb

3,348 passengers travelled to and from Malta on humanitarian flights in June, figures released by the Malta International Airport showed on Thursday.

During the second quarter, just over 8,700 passengers arrived in Malta or left the island on one of 311 humanitarian flights operated as commercial air traffic stood still.

The figures showed that during the first half of 2020, the traffic through the Malta International Airport totalled 1,017,850 passenger movements or a drop of 68.7% over the same comparable period in 2019.

Commercial flights were grounded in mid-March due to the coronavirus outbreak in Malta. The Malta International Airport saw a diminishing demand for air travel due to the coronavirus pandemic at the beginning of March followed by the travel ban at the end of the month. It described this period as the most challenging quarter for the airport.

The airport only reopened on 1 July operating flights to countries deemed safe.

“The way ahead remains fraught with challenges, but we enter this restart period with determination to continue working with all our stakeholders on boosting passenger confidence and gradually restoring our air connectivity over the coming years, which will be critical in supporting the island’s economic recovery,” said Malta International Airport CEO Mr Alan Borg.

Since announcing its first 17 airport connections for the summer season back in June, Malta International Airport has regularly updated its flight schedule to reflect the most recent developments.

At present, this schedule offers direct flights to 49 airports in 13 European countries, with more connections expected to be added in the coming days as Malta International Airport continues to rebuild its route network.