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Malta International Airport predicts 4.2% growth after record 6 months

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Malta International Airport predicts 4.2% growth after record 6 monthsMalta International Airport has raised its passenger forecasts for 2014 following a record six months and more than 1.8 million passenger movements recorded between January and June. The figures account for an increase of 7.7% over the same period in 2013, the airport said.

The news was announced by Malta International Airport’s CEO Markus Klaushofer, during a press conference held at the airport’s La Valette Lounge. He was joined by Minister of Tourism Edward Zammit Lewis and the outgoing Malta Tourism Authority CEO Josef Formosa Gauci.

Outlining the forecasts for the rest of the calendar year, Mr Klaushofer said, “We remain cautiously optimistic about the winter, but the growth registered between January and June, coupled with an expected growth in summer, encouraged us to revise this year’s figures. The forecast for 2014 is being adjusted to +4.2% year-on- year, as opposed to the January announcement of +2%. This will result in an estimated throughput of 4.2 million passengers.”

The previous annual record for Malta International Airport was 4 million passengers, reached last December for the first time.

According to Airport Council International traffic data for January to May 2014, Malta International Airport faired exceptionally well compared to other European airports. Other European airports registered an average increase of passenger growth of +5.3% compared to Malta International Airport which came in at 9.2%.

Building on its positive results, Malta International Airport said that it is continuously investing to improve its facilities across the airport. Works are scheduled to commence on the expansion of the Non-Schengen Area, a project worth €2 million. The area will be enlarged by 650sqm, aiming to improve the passenger experience in the Non-Schengen area.

Malta International Airport is also upgrading the VVIP Complex to cater for government officials entitled to this service, which it will also extend to passengers typically using general aviation. The €450,000 investment will be completed by the end of the year.

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