Malta International Airport was highly commended at the World Routes Awards 2019, where it placed second within a category of airports hosting between 4 and 20 million passengers every year.
The winners of these prestigious awards, which seek to recognise excellence and innovation in route development and airline marketing, were announced at the beginning of the week at the Adelaide Convention Centre in Australia, which was packed with aviation stakeholders from across the globe.
“It is a proud moment to have our route development achievements recognised on the world stage. This recognition encourages us to continue working closely with government and the Malta Tourism Authority, our partner airlines, and the rest of the airport team to keep widening the Maltese islands’ network, whilst ensuring that sustainable results remain a measure of our success,” said Malta International Airport CEO Mr Alan Borg.
“I would like to thank the team at Malta International Airport for sharing our vision of targeting strategic markets and addressing seasonality; two priority areas of our traffic development strategy in which we have made great strides and which were duly noted by World Routes,” said Malta Tourism Authority Executive Chairman Dr Gavin Gulia.
Efforts to drive year-round traffic to the Maltese islands, facilitated by the best connections, are part and parcel of the traffic development strategy for Malta. Proof of the success of this strategy is the airport’s winter schedule for 2019-2020, which will see 17 routes being extended from summer into the upcoming season and the launch of four new routes in October and November. This convenient schedule will encourage more tourists to discover the island in the off-peak season, in line with ongoing efforts to promote Malta as a year-round destination.
Moreover, keeping environmental sustainability in mind, Malta International Airport will soon be upgrading its incentive programme for airlines to introduce a new initiative that is aimed at encouraging carriers to operate flights to Malta with aircraft having quieter and more energy-efficient engine types.
The 4 to 20 million passenger category of the World Routes Awards 2019 was topped by Budapest Airport, with the airport also being named Overall Winner. Other contestants clinching winning titles on the evening include Singapore’s Changi Airport and Amsterdam Schiphol.