Malta airport breaks tourist record

Malta’s International Airport has broken tourist records this autumn, with both September and October traffic hitting levels only previously recorded in peak holiday months.

Malta International Airport CEO Markus Klaushofer welcomed the surge in visitors as a sign of changing tourist trends, as the island’s popularity continues to attract overseas holidaymakers even away from the hottest summer months.

“Our peak summer figures are now spilling into winter, showing a positive change in seasonality,” he said in a statement.

Malta is enjoying a strong tourism boom at the moment, reports the Times of Malta , with more than 400,000 passengers entering its airport every month between June and October.

“Up until last year, that figure had not even been reached in June,” Markus added.

Indeed, traffic levels in October marked a leap of 17.5 per cent compared to the same month in 2012.

Germans were the biggest drivers of the increase, with visitors rising 47.7 per cent year-on-year, ahead of Italy and Spain, who registered a growth of 29.8 per cent and 21.1 per cent respectively.

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