Passenger numbers soar to record high at Malta’s airport

There’s more good news for Malta’s tourism industry.

Malta Airport has confirmed passenger numbers have soared to a record high this year.

As it gears-up for the busy Christmas holiday season, the Luqa terminal is busier than ever before in its 60-year history.

The airport revealed it surpassed the six million mark on November 4, breaking last year’s grand total of 6,014,548 passengers.

An airport spokeswoman told 89.7 Bay: ‘This growth in passenger numbers was driven mainly by the launch of a robust winter schedule, featuring an increased frequency of flights to several popular destinations, together with the extension of 12 summer routes into the winter season.

Airport figures show that Britain remains Malta’s number one tourism market by far, followed by Italy, Germany, France and Spain.

Passenger numbers on UK flights rose by 7.4 per cent in 2018, however the Spanish market soared by 66 per cent.

The airport spokeswoman added: ‘The significant growth registered from Spain is attributed to the extension of the Seville, Valencia and Malaga routes introduced in summer into the winter season, as well as the increased frequency of direct flights to Barcelona.’

November traffic at Malta Airport saw 453,563 passenger movements, an 11.8 per cent increase over the same month in 2017.

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