Malta International Airport company said that it expects to break again the record this year of passenger handling with over seven million passengers using the airport. MIA’s chief executive, Alan Borg, while giving an account of the airport’s results during 2018 when it registered a 13% increase in passengers, said that prospects for this year are even better.
Figures by the Malta International Airport show that during 2018 a record 6.8 million passengers were handled at the airport, an increase of 13.2% on the figures of the previous year.
Addressing the media on last year’s results, Mr Borg stated that the passengers increase was better, percentage wise, during the shoulder months when normally airport traffic is less than the summer months.
The airlines which carried most passengers were Ryanair and Air Malta – with 2.4 million passengers by Ryanair and two million by Air Malta. Mr Borg added that the increase rhythm of passengers was better in Air Malta because it registered an increase of over 22% in passengers using its flights.
Predictions for this year, he said, are positive and MIA expects that 7,200,000 passengers will use Malta’s airport. Mr Borg said that the company is planning a programme of capital investment to cater for the growth in activity.
“We are accelerating work on the multi storey car park which we plan for completion next year; works are also ongoing on Skyparks 2 with an investment of €40 million; we are resuming our plan for a larger terminal in which we can handle more passengers and a new area for aircraft parking”.
Asked on pressure being made by business aviation sector to have a specific terminal for passengers traveling with private jets, Mr Borg said that the existing infrastructure is adequate for the request made by this sector.
Alan Borg added “If there is more demand for more services, we will have no problem to talk to the operators and if necessary, we will increase and enlarge the investment in the area. So far, from the numbers we see, the current infrastructure is adequate for this sector”.
Tourism Minister Konrad Mizzi said that the Government will continue to strengthen the airport’s infrastructure. For the coming five to seven years, he said that the Government will increase events which attract more tourists to Malta while increasing private investment in this industry.