Malta’s airport breaks another passenger record

Malta’s airport welcomed a record 3.2 million passengers in the first half of 2019, according to new figures.

Bosses announced the results on Tuesday, which reveal an increase in passenger traffic of nearly 6 per cent compared to the same time last year.

Airport chief executive Alan Borg said he expected to welcome around 7.2 million passengers by end of year.

Record passenger numbers were recorded every month in Malta in 2019 so far but April was busier than usual, with a 10.5 per cent boost.

Mr Borg told 89.7 Bay News: ‘These solid results stem from Malta International Airport’s constant efforts, made together with government and our main tourism stakeholders, to make sure that the islands are served by the most convenient connections all year round.

‘The launch of three new routes this October, the extension of 17 routes from summer into the upcoming winter season, and increased flight frequencies on several routes, allow us to look ahead with confidence, whilst encouraging us to keep working on securing sustainable traffic.’

Malta Tourism Authority executive chairman Gavin Gulia welcomed the positive results.

He said the tourism industry was committed to working with the airport to enhance airline connectivity to the Maltese Islands.