MIA registers 69% drop in passengers during August

Miguela Xuereb

The Malta International Airport has registered a drop of 69.4% in passengers in August 2020 when compared to the same month in 2019.

A total of 252,022 passengers arrived at the Malta International Airport in August 2020.

In a statement on Wednesday, the MIA said that 99,204 passenger movements more than July were registered in August.

Following a travel ban due to the coronavirus outbreak, commercial flights resumed on 1 July.

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The MIA noted that the first two weeks of August were the busiest for the airport in terms of the number of passengers handled.

A total of 459,440 seats were available on flights operated to and from Malta International Airport throughout August, with seat load factor (SLF) for the month standing at 54.9 per cent.

The top markets for August were Italy, the United Kingdom, Germany, France and Poland, cumulatively accounting for 169,804 movements of August’s total passenger traffic.

Infographic by the Malta International Airport

The MIA noted that while August was closed off with 99,204 passenger movements more than July, the introduction of Malta’s amber list together with various travel restrictions announced by other countries led to a weaker passenger traffic performance in the second half of the month.

The airport referred to statements made by aviation and travel organisations such as the Airport Council International which appealed for more harmonised quarantine measures and restrictions across countries that can help restore traveller confidence and contribute to the industry’s recovery.

Quoting an economic analysis bulletin, the MIA said that the Airports Council International reported that the airport industry is anticipating a decrease of 58.4 per cent in traffic when compared to 2019, which equates to a loss of 5.6 billion passengers for the year.