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Record half-year traffic at Malta Airport

Passenger traffic at Malta Airport for the first half of 2013 registered an increase of 9.2%, and reached a record 1,726,486 passenger movements. This increase was primarily due to the increase of 7.6% in seat capacity.

"One of the most remarkable points in these results is that notwithstanding the increase in seat capacity, the average seat load factor registered a further growth of one percentage point, reaching a record 75.1%," MIA said.

Between January and June of this year, the number of aircraft movements increased by 5.9%, with the maximum take-off weight (MTOW) increasing by 6.7%, whereas Cargo and Mail decreased by 6.9% over the same period in 2012.

When looking at the top markets, the Italian market registered the highest growth for the first six months of 2013 with an increase of 16.9%. The French market followed with an increase of 14.6% and the UK market registered a 5.5% increase. The German and Spanish markets registered decreases of 2 % and 8.5% respectively.

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