Malta Airport passenger numbers soar to a record high

A record-breaking number of passengers have hustled through Malta’s airport this summer.

New figures show the Gudja terminal welcomed more than 6.3 million passengers between January and October, an increase of nearly 7 per cent compared to the same time last year.

Airport bosses said they expect to end 2019 by reaching a new milestone of more than 7 million passenger movements.

Alan Borg, chief executive of Malta International Airport, told 89.7 Bay: ‘With another successful summer behind us, the focus has now been shifted to ensuring that the off-peak months deliver results that are in line with our strategy, which is aimed at attracting year-round tourism to the islands.

‘Our recently launched winter schedule will continue to make Malta accessible to tourists in the off-peak months, whilst increasing convenience and travel options for people in Malta.’

The top markets for the season were the UK up 3.3 per cent, Italy up 3.7 per cent, Germany up 17.3 per cent, France up 8.4 per cent and Spain up 9.3 per cent.

Malta’s connections with these markets were boosted with the introduction of new routes such as Exeter, Cardiff, Verona and Perugia, and better flight frequencies on existing routes.

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