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Fraport Traffic Figures – July 2021: Positive Trend Continues
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Fraport Traffic Figures – July 2021: Positive Trend Continues Cargo throughput at Frankfurt Airport sees further strong growth – Fraport Group airports worldwide also maintain upward trend Fraport Traffic Figures now provides (until further notice) a comparison between the current traffic figures and the corresponding 2019 base-year figures, in addition to the regular year-on-year reporting. Passenger numbers at Frankfurt Airport (FRA) continued to rise in July 2021. FRA welcomed some 2.85 million passengers in the reporting month, representing the highest monthly passenger volume since...
London Heathrow: Long road to recovery starts as travel restrictions finally relax
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Long road to recovery starts as travel restrictions finally relax The further easing of travel restrictions throughout July resulted in a 74% upsurge in passengers compared with July 2020. With consumer confidence on the rise, over 1.5 million travellers passed through Heathrow last month, marking the highest monthly passenger numbers since March 2020. The relaxation in rules has provided a much-needed boost to the UK travel industry, and enabled people across Britain to look forward to a more normal summer reuniting with family and friends abroad. North American passenger numbers grew...
Close to 311,700 passengers travelled through Malta International Airport in July
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Close to 311,700 passengers travelled through Malta International Airport in July 39 per cent of July 2019 traffic levels recouped last month Seat load factor (SLF) for July stood at 52.6 per cent The UK ranked second among MIA’s top five markets for July Last month’s traffic through Malta International Airport totalled 311,692 passenger movements, recouping 39 per cent of July 2019 traffic levels. This shows that Malta is recovering at a slower pace than its Southern European counterparts whose recovery rate for July averaged at 57 per cent according to Airports Council International...
Take off for Loganair’s new Scotland-Wales air link
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2 AUGUST Take off for Loganair’s new Scotland-Wales air link Loganair, the UK’s largest regional airline, today (2 August) launches its new direct service linking the capital cities of Scotland and Wales. To mark the launch of the new route between Edinburgh and Cardiff, Loganair’s Head of Revenue and Sales, Donna McHugh, will fly to the Welsh capital to meet Spencer Birns, CEO at Cardiff Airport. The service will operate up to five times weekly on Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Sundays, connecting Scotland and Wales for business and leisure travellers alike. Flights will be...
Come Fly Again: Travel Industry Joins Forces to Reunite Brits and Celebrate 75 Years of Heathrow
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Come Fly Again: Travel Industry Joins Forces to Reunite Brits and Celebrate 75 Years of Heathrow Heathrow is celebrating the safe reopening of international travel and its 75th anniversary by teaming up with over ten industry partners including British Airways and Virgin Atlantic to make thousands of pounds worth of free flights and experiences available to passengers travelling from the airport. After 75 years and welcoming over 2.5 billion passengers through its doors, Britain’s biggest airport has launched the initiative to help reunite those in the UK with their family and friends...

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The first Air France flight from Paris Charles de Gaulle is welcomed at Malta International Airport
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The first Air France flight from Paris Charles de Gaulle is welcomed at Malta International Airport A flight operated by Air France touched down at Malta International Airport yesterday evening, marking the launch of a triweekly service to and from Paris Charles de Gaulle airport. Air France’s schedule – offering flights every Monday, Friday, and Sunday – will further facilitate air travel between Malta and the capital of France, which country has consistently featured among the airport’s most popular markets for more than a decade. In 2019, France ranked fourth among Malta International...
Polish flag carrier LOT launches operations from Malta International Airport
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Polish flag carrier LOT launches operations from Malta International Airport Malta International Airport today welcomed LOT Polish Airlines, marking the launch of a biweekly scheduled service to the Polish capital during the summer months. LOT Polish Airlines’ service will further strengthen the Maltese islands’ connectivity with the Polish market, whose ranking among Malta International Airport’s top drivers of traffic has steadily improved over the past years. In fact, the number of passengers travelling to and from Poland increased more than twofold between 2015 and 2019, as Malta...
New Easyjet Base At Faro Airport Expected To Boost Tourism In the Algarve Region
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New Easyjet Base At Faro Airport Expected To Boost Tourism In the Algarve Region EasyJet has officially inaugurated a new seasonal base at Faro Airport. The base is the airline’s third in Portugal, joining Lisbon (launched in 2012) and Porto ( 2015). According to EasyJet, the new base at the Algarve region’s airport gateway will operate between March and October. Three A320 aircraft will be allocated, operating on 21 routes servicing Faro. The routes connect Faro across Europe, to cities including Amsterdam, Basel, Belfast, Berlin Brandenburg, Bordeaux, Bristol, Geneva, Glasgow...
75,420 passengers passed through Malta International Airport in May
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75,420 passengers passed through Malta International Airport in May May was the first month of 2021 to surpass the 40,000 passenger mark May traffic dropped by 88.8 per cent over the same month in 2019 MIA expects capacity deployed by airlines in June to more than double over May As the Maltese islands edged closer to the reopening of travel and tourism, Malta International Airport registered 75,420 passenger movements during the month leading to this resumption. This total for May translates into a drop of 88.8 per cent compared to the same month in 2019, but marks a slight...
Amsterdam Schiphol named cargo airport of the year
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Schiphol named cargo airport of the year Amsterdam Airport Schiphol has won the ‘Cargo Airport of the year’ award of the Air Cargo Week World Air Cargo Awards. Schiphol won the award thanks to the voters of the global Air Cargo Community and the readers of Air Cargo Week. The airport was praised for the commitment to developing the cargo sector, outstanding facilities and the efficiency of the cargo operation in these trying times. “ We are very proud to have received this award on behalf of Schiphol and the Cargo Community. Cargo transport occupies an important place within Schiphol...

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Malta International Airport holds its 29th Annual General Meeting
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Malta International Airport holds its 29th Annual General Meeting A decade of solid results equipped Malta Airport with resilience to withstand the shocks of the crisis; 2021 off to a slow start with year-to-date traffic totalling 137,887 passenger movements; Strategic investments & restoring the island’s connectivity will be prioritised as the company focuses on its recovery Malta International Airport today held its twenty-ninth Annual General Meeting remotely, during which the company’s performance for the year ended 31 December 2020 as well as year-to-date traffic results were...
Two Panther 6X6 Fire Trucks join Malta's Rescue and Fire-fighting FLEET
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Two Panther 6X6 Fire Trucks join MIA’S Rescue and Fire-fighting FLEET Two Rosenbauer Panther 6X6 fire trucks have just joined Malta International Airport’s fire-fighting fleet, equipping the company with enhanced rescue and fire-fighting capabilities. The delivery of the two vehicles from Austria comes less than a year after Malta International Airport announced the arrival of the leading aircraft rescue truck – the Panther 8×8 – as part of the company’s fleet modernisation programme entailing a total investment of almost €3 million. Given the complex technologies employed by the...
Technology Could Further Strengthen Malta’s Appeal As A Safe Destination
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Technology Could Further Strengthen Malta’s Appeal As A Safe Destination March passenger traffic through MIA down 93% over 2019 Recent local developments bode well for the second half of 2021 Technology would contribute to boosting consumer confidence, which is crucial for the successful restart of air travel Passenger traffic through Malta International Airport totalled 32,033 movements last March. Translating into a drop of 93 per cent compared to the same month in 2019, this traffic result reflects the hurdles – including low consumer confidence – still being faced by the aviation...
January traffic through Malta International Airport drops 91%
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January traffic through Malta International Airport drops 91% Malta International Airport started what is set to be another challenging year for the aviation industry with a drop of 90.7 per cent in January passenger traffic. During the month of January, 38,938 passengers travelled through Malta International Airport, with this monthly total being comparable to the traffic handled by the airport in three days in January 2020. The airport’s weakest traffic result since its reopening in July 2020 comes in the wake of the implementation of new travel bans and more stringent requirements in...
Lighting Upgrades at Malta International Airport Expected to Lead to Significant Drops in Energy Consumption
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Lighting Upgrades at Malta International Airport Expected to Lead to Significant Drops in Energy Consumption Two planned power outages at Malta International Airport have allowed the company to modernise its electrical infrastructure as part of an investment in a more robust energy supply. In parallel with works aimed at enhancing supply security, the company has also successfully completed major lighting upgrades, which will contribute to a significant reduction in energy consumption and lowered CO2 emissions. While several locations around Malta International Airport, including the...

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UK tourist tax hands yet another competitive advantage to EU rivals
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UK tourist tax hands yet another competitive advantage to EU rivals Passenger numbers at Heathrow fell by 88% in November, as travel restrictions and a second lockdown took their toll. Based on current forecasts and continued decline in passengers, the decision has been taken for Terminal 4 to remain non-operational until the end of 2021. Heathrow is calling for targeted, sector specific Government support to protect jobs and help drive the UK’s economic recovery. These include full business rates relief for all UK airports and abandoning the disastrous “tourist tax” which will make...
Malta International Airport wins prestigious best airport and HR excellence accolades at the ACI Europe Awards
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Malta International Airport wins prestigious best airport and HR excellence accolades at the ACI Europe Awards Home » Corporate » News and Media » Malta International Airport wins Prestigious Best Airport and HR Excellence Accolades at the ACI Europe Awards Malta International Airport yesterday clinched two prestigious accolades at the sixteenth edition of the Airports Council International (ACI) Europe Awards 2020. During a virtual ceremony streamed from Brussels Airport, ACI Europe announced the winning airports in categories recognising excellence and noteworthy achievements in...
Just over 128,000 passengers through Malta in September 2020
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Just over 128,000 passengers through Malta Airport in September Drop of 83.1 per cent in September 2020 traffic when compared with 2019 Traffic in Q3 dropped 77.6 per cent over same period in 2019 Updated forecast by ACI indicates that 2020 will end with a 69 per cent decrease in traffic September Traffic September traffic through Malta International Airport registered a drop of 83.1 per cent when compared to the same month in 2019, with passenger movements totalling 128,664. Aircraft movements and seat capacity for the month of September decreased by 57.9 per cent and 59.9 per cent...
Heathrow warns it is set to fall behind Paris as Europe’s number 1 airport hub
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Heathrow warns it is set to fall behind Paris as Europe’s number 1 airport hub Despite record breaking start to the year at Heathrow, latest figures show that EU competitor, Charles de Gaulle, is growing at twice the rate and is set to overtake as Europe’s leading hub airport within the next 2 years. Over 6 million passengers travelled through the airport in January (up 2.9%). UK routes led passenger growth, increasing by 10.2% as more passengers travelled to Newquay and Guernsey. Other top performing markets were the Middle East (+7.6%) and North America (+ 4.7%). Over 115,000 metric...
Malta International Airport kicks off terminal expansion project
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Malta International Airport kicks off terminal expansion project The project will deliver a 5-star airport to the Maltese islands through several improvements The Terminal Expansion project will double building’s current footprint Traffic through MLA is forecast to increase by 2–3% to reach 7.5 million passenger movements in 2020 Malta International Airport today unveiled the company’s long-term vision for the airport, revealing details of an investment of circa €100 million in a terminal expansion. Addressing a press conference earlier today, Malta International Airport Chief...

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London Gatwick welcomes new direct service to Shanghai
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London Gatwick welcomes new direct service to Shanghai 11 weekly flights are now available from Gatwick to Shanghai with Air China and China Eastern Airlines London Gatwick is today unveiled as the European airport with the fastest growing number of passenger seats to Shanghai, China. This exciting new growth is thanks to a brand-new Air China service which flies directly to the city. Starting on Saturday 2 November, it will fly four times weekly from Gatwick. In addition, China Eastern Airlines is increasing its direct flights from Gatwick to Shanghai, from three times weekly to daily...
Norwegian cuts Ireland-USA routes citing 737 MAX grounding
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Budget airline Norwegian Air has said it will end flights between Ireland and the US next month, blaming the grounding of the Boeing 737 Max. "We have concluded these routes are no longer commercially viable," it said. Norwegian, which has struggled to make a profit, said last month the grounding of the Boeing 737 Max plane could undo its plan to return to profitability. Norwegian said all six routes from Dublin, Cork and Shannon to the US and Canada would end on 15 September. Boeing's 737 Max fleet was grounded after two fatal crashes, the first a Lion Air flight which crashed into the...
Robust start to financial year as Gatwick celebrates growth
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Robust start to financial year as Gatwick celebrates growth 12.5m passengers travelled through Gatwick Q1 April – June 2019 Total passenger numbers +1.7% year-on-year, with long-haul +2.2% Responding to passenger demand Qatar Airways adds five new weekly flights to Doha London Gatwick has achieved its busiest-ever start to a financial year, as passenger numbers grew by +1.7% in Q1, compared to 2018, as 12.5 million passengers travelled through in the first three months of the 2019 – 2020 financial year. Long-haul growth was also strong in Q1, up +2.2%. North Atlantic routes drove this...
Cardiff Airport expecting busiest summer season in over 10 years
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News 19 JULY Cardiff Airport expecting busiest summer season in over 10 years Cardiff Airport is gearing up for another busy summer season, as over the six-week period, over 318,000 customers will be jetting off for a summer holiday or to visit friends and relatives whilst the kids are off school. During the school holiday period between July and September, Wales’ national airport is expecting a 7% increase in passengers compared to last summer, making summer 2019 the busiest summer in over a decade. Customers can reach exciting long-haul destinations such as Bali, Thailand, Pakistan...
Over 3.2 Million Passengers Welcomed at Malta International Airport in First Half of 2019
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Over 3.2 Million Passengers Welcomed at Malta International Airport in First Half of 2019 5.9 per cent traffic growth in first half of 2019 3 new routes for winter and 17 route extensions the winter season Malta Airport outperforms 25 EU airports in terms of connectivity growth Mid-year Update A busy first half of 2019 saw Malta International Airport welcome over 3.2 million passengers. The company announced its mid-year traffic results, which show an increase of 5.9 per cent in passenger movements over the same stretch last year, earlier today during a press conference. Addressing...

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Malta International Airport welcomes Qatar Airways to its Airline Network
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Malta International Airport welcomes Qatar Airways to its Airline Network Flag carrier Qatar Airways launches a daily operation for summer The introduction of Doha brings Malta Airport’s route network up to 127 Malta International Airport today welcomed Qatar Airways to its growing network, celebrating the important occasion with the traditional water cannon salute and a cake-cutting ceremony. The inaugural Qatar Airways flight from Doha marked the launch of a daily operation for summer as...
The King of Spain officially opens Murcia Covera Airport
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The King of Spain attended the official opening of Murcia Covera airport today arriving by air. The first two scheduled flights to arrive at the airport were from East Midlands and Bristol Airports in the UK. Once fully operational the airport will be able to accommodate 140 landings and take-offs throughout the day. Initial forecasts suggest the new airport may exceed 8,600 flights and reach 1.2 million passengers, during the first year equalling the figure achieved by San Javier. The new airport at Corvera has capacity for five million passengers however the airport has been designed...
The dawn of a new airport for Istanbul
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Yesterday (29 October 2018) marked the official opening of the new Istanbul Airport (IGA) which coincided with the Turkish Republic Day, a celebration of Turkish achievements. The new Istanbul’s airport is to become the "world’s largest airport" Once fully completed. The new terminal boasts over 100 world renowned retail brands with over 39,000 m² of retail space featured in the departure area. Initially the airport will have 2 runways, which will rise to 6 during phased expansion of the airport. This is estimated to be completed around 2023.
Palma Majorca day trip 11th October
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Having managed to get a day return to Palma from Birmingham last September for £65 with Monarch just before they went bust I decided to see if it was still possible this year.I have not flown abroad this year since January due to surgery and a long recovery so was looking forward to a break.Having searched airline timetables and price comparison websites a day return out with Thomas Cook and back with Jet2 was possible on certain weekdays.The best price was for 11th October out 0600/0900 for £30 back 2110/2250 for £50 with extra for window seats and breakfast out. I compiled a timetable...

Record month for Malta International Airport

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September traffic grows by 12.8 per cent to reach 706,814 passenger movements More than 27,000 passenger movements recorded on the month’s busiest day September closes off third quarter with more than 2.2 million passenger movements With 706,814 passenger movements recorded, September was yet another busy month in what is proving to be a record-setting summer for Malta International Airport. September was, in fact, the third consecutive month during which more than 700,000 passengers were welcomed by the airport team. September’s traffic brought peak holiday season to a close with more...

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