Air Malta registered a 35 per cent increase in passengers on its Malta-based routes during August, its busiest month of the year, compared to last year. It carried a total of 244,799 passengers to and from Malta. Air Malta was one of the main contributors to the 9.5 per cent growth registered by Malta International Airport during August.

In addition, during the month, the Maltese airline carried almost 11,000 passengers on its fifth freedom routes, namely Catania-Vienna, Catania-London Southend and Cagliari-London Southend routes.

Paul Sies, Air Malta’s chief commercial officer, said: “Every month, over the past year, we have increased our passenger loads substantially when compared to the previous year.

“This month, once again, we achieved an average seat factor of 83 per cent.

“During August we operated 1,746 flights, an increase of 26 per cent more flights than last year.”

Clifford Chetcuti, Air Malta’s chief executive, added: “This growth in our busiest month of the year is welcome news for Air Malta, especially because historically, flights in August have a very high seat load factor.

“In the coming months we will continue to focus to enhance our operations to match this increasing passenger demand.”

Air Malta’s chairman Charles Mangion said: “We continued to see double digit growth figures in passengers. Despite these good results we need to continue actively selling the additional capacity we floated on the market.

“This winter we will maintain many of the routes we introduced this year and focus our marketing and sales efforts in the German market with the launch of flights to Berlin, Hamburg and Leipzig this November.”

Tourism Minister Konrad Mizzi said: “Since January, Air Malta has carried over 370,000  more passengers on its whole network. This is an increase of 35 per cent. Together with other tourism stakeholders the airline is working hard to bring more tourists to the islands, especially during the shoulder and winter months, for the benefit of the whole Maltese economy.”

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