Cheap Airfares Help Malta Beat Travel Recession
The economic downturn in Western Europe hit the travel industry hard, but Malta weathered the storm well as low cost airlines offered budget flights
to the holiday island.
While the number of visitors to Malta dropped in 2009, it was less than comparable islands in the Mediterranean such as Cyprus.
Before the economic downturn the number of passengers taking flights in the EU rose by 7 per cent in 2008, but Malta's rise was over 10 per cent,
showing the island wasn't increasing arrivals just because the number of holidays before the recession kicked in was rising anyway - Malta got more
than her share of the holidays taken in the EU countries.
Altogether Malta had 2,900,000 passengers arrive at Luqa Airport two years ago, with just 300,000 of those coming from outside the EU's 27 member
Britain has been historically Malta's biggest market due to the military presence up until the 1970's with many British servicemen and women liking the
island to make return flights to Malta at their own expense for holidays when back in civilain life.
Getting to Malta is now an easy thing for the average British national. A trip to Malta from the U.K. is a three hour flight. Gone are the days when it was
just Malta's national airline offering expensive flights to Malta from just a handful of airports - low cost airlines have transformed Malta from an island
with a dying holidays trade saddled with an awful national airline and clueless tourist bureaucracy to a thriving holidays and hotels industry.
Malta offers a great climate, and one of the highest levels of sunshine in Europe. It has become a popular spot with families who love the weather in
Malta. There are a number of resorts and beaches to suit just about anyone regardless of income levels. There are numerous bars, clubs and
restaurants, where you can mingle with the locals and unwind. Malta makes a great weekend getaway thanks to the budget airlines making a cheap
flight to Malta possible, with lots to see and do