Air Malta experienced a busy summer 2023, with it carrying 1,357,762 passengers to and from the Maltese Islands from 1st April to 31st October.
This was the first summer schedule were flights and travel completely returned to normal after the challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Announcing the figures on LinkedIn, on Tuesday (today), Air Malta's Executive Chairman, David Curmi stated that 2023’s passenger count during the summer schedule exceeded last year’s with a 23 per cent increase recorded, when compared to summer 2022 (1,100,097).
“We operated 24 routes and performed a total of 4,511 rotations (2022: 3,592), an increase of 26 per cent over summer 2022,” Mr Curmi added.
He also stated that Air Malta's average monthly rotations increased from 513 rotations during summer 2023 to 644 last summer.
Air Malta's Executive Chairman David Curmi
The national airline’s passenger seat load factor averaged at 89 per cent for the seven months with the highest seat load factors achieved in July, August and September at 91 per cent, 92 per cent, and 93 per cent, respectively. In addition, 15 out of 24 routes achieved a seat factor “well above the 90 per cent mark”.
The highest seat factors were achieved on the Lisbon (98 per cent), Brussels (96 per cent), Amsterdam (96 per cent), and London Heathrow (95 per cent) routes.
With regards to passenger loads, the top destinations remained Italy with a total of 345,341 passengers followed by France, the United Kingdom and Germany.
On the other hand, Mr Curmi remarked that the top airport was London Heathrow, followed by Munich, Rome Fiumicino and Catania.
“This satisfactory performance is solely attributable to the hard work, dedication and commitment of our people across the company,” said the Executive Chairman.