Malta Aviation Society proudly announces that the Saudi Hawks, from the Royal
Saudi Air Force, will be participating in the 25th edition of the Malta
International Airshow being held between the 23rd and the 24th of September
The Saudi Hawks display team will be showing
off their skills during the aerial display of the Airshow, while the general
public will have the unique opportunity to meet the pilots at the Airshow
Grounds in Luqa. This will be the first time that this team will be participating
in the local Airshow.
Painted in an eye catching green and white livery inspired by the Saudi
national flag, the team was established in 1998 and is based at King Faisal Air
Base in Tabuk city. The team flies with specially modified BAE Hawk Mk65 aircraft fitted with smoke
During the show, the team will show off its most iconic manoeuvre known as The
Logo, for which they hold the Guinness World Record for the largest sky drawing
for their logo. During this complex manoeuvre, all aircraft will paint the
nations national emblem in the sky, a palm tree with crossed swords
representing prosperity and justice.
Following The Turkish Stars and the Swiss PC-7 Team, The Saudi Hawks are the
third aerobatic team to be confirmed for the 25th edition of Malta
International Airshow which will feature over 40 different aircraft
participating in the static and flying display. The participation list so
far features seven countries. (Source: maltairshow.com, 11-Aug-2017)
Aegean Airlines in recent schedule update adjusted planned European service increase in summer 2018, based on comparison of peak summer season in 2018 vs 2017. The Athens-Malta-Athens service will increase from the current four to five flights per week as from Jun. 27th, 2018. All flights will be operated with Dash 8-Q400s, instead of the current Dash 8s/A320s combination. (Source: routesonline.com, 8-Aug-2017)
is in full swing at Malta International Airport, with the number of travellers
passing through the terminal in July increasing by more than 90,000 passenger
movements. This translates into an upturn of 15.5% over the same month
last year. July's
675,111 passenger movements exceeded the airport's previous passenger traffic
record, held by August 2016, by 12%.
noted also in previous months, July's thriving numbers resulted from an
increase in aircraft movements. These grew by 13.6% to reach an
all-time record of 4,562 take-offs and landings by the end of July. In parallel
with this growth, seat capacity registered an increase of 16.5%.
Despite a slight drop of 1.3%, last month's seat load factor still stood at a healthy 86.7%.
top five drivers of traffic to Malta IAP remained unchanged
from June, with the United Kingdom topping the list followed by Italy, Germany,
France, and Spain. These markets recorded varying levels of growth, and
cumulatively were responsible for a leap of around 53,000 passenger movements
when compared to July 2016.
numbers from these markets flourished as a result of enhanced capacity and
flight frequencies on routes such as Glasgow, Bari, Frankfurt, Lyon, and
Madrid, as well as the launch of new routes including Bordeaux and Valencia.
traffic brought the total number of travellers welcomed at Malta IAP in the first seven months of the year up to around 3.3 million. Towards
the end of the month, the airport published its mid-yearly forecast, whereby it
announced that it is expecting circa 5.8 million passengers to go through the
terminal by the end of the year. (Source: maltairport.com, 8-Aug-2017)
Malta aircraft (A320, 9H-AEI) is stranded in Paris, which is expected to delay a number of
flights today. Air Malta confirmed that passengers scheduled to travel on the Orly flight were given complimentary accommodation for the night and refreshments.
airline said that the aircraft meant to operate flight KM467 from Paris-Orly to Malta on Friday was grounded for technical reasons and that a group of Air
Malta engineers is travelling to Paris to inspect and fix the aircraft.
A number of flights today, including KM116/7 to/from London-Gatwick and KM102/3 to/from London-Heathrow, will be delayed. Affected
passengers today will be offered assistance that includes snacks, depending on the extent of the delay. They will be given compensation in line with statutory requirements.
airline apologised for any inconvenience caused by circumstances beyond
its control. (Source: timesofmalta.com, 5-Aug-2017)
The U.K.'s Royal Air Force (RAF) committed further support for the 25th edition of the Malta International
Airshow. This time four further aircraft will be added to the static
For the first time ever
during the event, we will be able to see closely RAF Hawk T.2 aircraft coming
from IV(R) Squadron from RAF Valley,
while 100 Squadron at RAF Leeming will
support the event with two Hawk T.1s.
The Hawk T.1 is used primarily in the advanced
flying-training role, it is equipped to an operational standard and is capable
of undertaking a war role.
T2 is a fully aerobatic, low wing, transonic, two-seat trainer with
mission avionics that are representative of front-line aircraft. It is used to
train pilots for Tornado GR4, Typhoon and F-35 Lightning II. The Malta Aviation Society organisers
of the Malta International Airshow are delighted for the further commitment by
the Royal Air Force. (Source: maltairshow.com, 4-Aug-2017)
12,000 passengers traveled on Air Malta aircraft last weekend in what the airline described as a record 48 hours performance for recent years. On
Saturday and Sunday the airline operated over 80 flights achieving an average
seat load factor of 93%.
P. Sies, Chief Commercial Officer at Air Malta commented; "This was a great
achievement by all our staff and especially those in commercial and operations.
It was our best weekend over the last two years surpassing even mid-August
figures which are usually the airline’s best performing period.
performance was even more significant particularly when we note that it
surpassed our performance two years ago when we operated with two more aircraft
and there is more competition from other airlines on our more popular
weekend some of our flights including those to/from Switzerland and Russia ran
with over 95% load factors. This is good news for the airline and we believe we
can surpass this figure in the coming weekends." (Source: timesofmalta.com, 2-Aug-2017)
easyjet will be adding a weekly flight to its route
between Manchester (U.K.) and Malta as of this coming winter. Flights will
operate four times a week in winter and daily in summer as of Nov. 7th, the
Tourism Minister K. Mizzi said the
additional flight confirmed the government's commitment to increase the
frequency of existing flight destinations. Malta IAP CEO A. Borg said this
development was in line with the airport's endeavours to secure better capacity
and connectivity in winter. (Source: timesofmalta.com, 1-Aug-2017)
The Italian Navy sail training ship ITS Palinuro (A 5311) sailed into Valletta Port (the Grand Harbour) this morning on a courtesy visit. The port visit in Valletta marks the commencement of the 53rd training campaign in favor of the Chief Petty Officers (CPO) cadets, coming from the Italian Navy CPO school located in Taranto. The Italian training ship is presently berthing alongside at Pinto-3 wharf. The public will be able to visit the ship on Aug. 1st from 1600 to 1900; Aug. 2nd from 1000 to 1200 and from 1600 to 1800; Aug. 3rd from 1000 to 1200 and 1600 to 1900; and on Aug. 4th from 1600 to 1900. ITS Palinuro is scheduled to sail from Valletta Port on Saturday, Aug. 5th. (1-Aug-2017)
The Hellenic Navy replenishment ship HS Prometheus (A 374) sailed into Valletta Port (the Grand Harbour) this morning on a courtesy visit. The Hellenic auxiliary is presently berthing alongside at Boiler wharf, and she's expected to sail from Valletta Port on Tuesday, Aug. 1st. (29-Jul-2017)
In the first week of August, HeliFly
Limited will launch a transport service between Malta and Gozo by helicopter. But not only –
during this summer, there will also be a helicopter transport service for
tourists visiting the three islands.
innovative service has been conceived by Italian lawyer E. Blasio, CEO of
are four activities that HeliFly will hold in Malta. These include Malta to
Gozo transport, touristic tours around Malta, Gozo and Comino, trips to and
from Sicily such as Taormina, Panarea and North Africa, and a flight training
school,” Dr Blasio said.
will operate in Malta in partnership with two business groups: Eurotech-Ariane,
one of the most important Italian and international companies specialising in
aerial works, and the Maltese Falcon Alliance and European Pilot Academy. With
these two partnerships, HeliFly will provide the first helicopter training
school in Malta.
will work with different types of helicopters, including a Robinson R22 and
Agusta A109. (Source: timesofmalta.com, 28-Jul-2017)
The Polish Air Force (Siły Powietrzne) and Polish Naval Air Arm (Marynarka Wojenna RP) will be once again supporting the Malta International Airshow this year.
The Polish AF will be sending two assets for the static
display line up. For the first time ever we shall be hosting an F-16 Fighting
Falcon Block 52. Supporting the F-16 visit we shall also have a C-295M
M-28B Bryza from the Polish Navy will again visit our island and increase the
line up for the static display.
three aircraft will fly high the Polish flag which in the last year's has
become a firm participant during our airshow. (Source: maltairshow.com, 28-Jul-2017)
Int'l Airport's revised projections indicate that circa 5.8 million
passengers are expected to pass through the terminal by the end of the year,
establishing a new traffic record for the airport. In the
first half of the year, Malta IAP had already registered
2,639,712 passenger movements, amounting to an increase of 20% over the
same period in 2016.
solid six-month performance encouraged the company to revise its original
forecast announced in January, while taking into account the growth rate
reached so far, traffic developments for the winter season, and trends observed
in the aviation industry.
A. Borg presented this forecast at a press conference, noting that while
passenger numbers have recently been experiencing an increase across all
months, Malta International Airport will be persisting in its efforts to
ascertain that the upcoming winter season maintains the momentum gained thus
traffic results for the first half of 2017 revealed that June was the third
consecutive month to register over half a million passenger movements. The
growth experienced in the first six months was bolstered by an upturn of 15% in
aircraft movements and 19% in seat capacity.
the increase in seat capacity, with over 3 million seats available on flights
operated to Malta IAP in the first six months, a healthy seat
load factor was maintained, which stood at 80.7%.
ahead, important developments for winter 2017-18 include the introduction of
four new winter routes operated by Ryanair and EasyJet, and the extension of a
number of routes from summer into winter by Air Malta, Wizz Air and Aegean
Airlines. In addition to this, increased flight frequencies during the upcoming
season will also be offered by SAS, Lufthansa, Vueling, and Jet2.
end of the year, the airport will have invested EUR16 million in its
infrastructure, with the heftiest injection being in the terminal
reconfiguration project. Completed project milestones include the opening of a
new La Valette lounge, a re-conceived observation deck, and the security
screening area relocation. Upon conclusion of the project’s first phase, the
terminal will also be furnished with eight additional check-in desks and a new
baggage handling system. (Source: maltairport.com, 27-Jul-2017)
Leisure airline Jet2.com has added further to its Stansted schedule for summer 2018, with three new routes and extra flights to
nine other destinations. Jet2.com and is sister package holiday company
Jet2holidays will now also fly to Malta, Naples (Italy) and Nice (France) next summer, bringing
its total number of destinations from Stansted for the season to 33. (Source: ipswichstar.co.uk, 27-Jul-2017)
The Turkish Navy Bayraktar-class landing ship TCG Bayraktar (L 402) sailed into Valletta Port (the Grand Harbour) this evening on a courtesy visit. The Turkish landing ship is presently berthing alongside at Pinto-3 wharf, and she's expected to sail from Valletta Port on Wednesday, Jul. 26th. (23-Jul-2017)
Malta is to add a plane to its current fleet of eight aircraft as of next summer, with the
airline saying the addition will give it more flexibility to service popular
routes and add new ones. The
decision to grow its fleet of aircraft was sanctioned by the company's board of
directors earlier this week, on the recommendation of the carrier's
a statement, the company said that the decision was in line with its growth
strategy and would allow Air Malta to boost its seat capacity and fuel growth
in passenger numbers. The
national airline's commercial team is currently carrying out market research
into potential destinations Air Malta can expand into.
airline currently carries an estimated 1.6 million passengers every year. It
has been hobbled by financial difficulties, despite an E.U.-sanctioned bailout
some years back. Tourism
Minister K. Mizzi has said that his main focus will be on turning the
airline's fortunes around and ensuring it can stand on its own two feet. (Source: timesofmalta.com, 22-Jul-2017)
The Italian Navy Bergamini-class frigate ITS Carlo Margottini (F 592) sailed into Valletta Port (the Grand Harbour) this morning on a courtesy visit. She has on board an NHIndustries NH-90 helicopter, serial MM81598. The Italian frigate is presently berthing alongside at Boiler wharf, and she's expected to sail from Valletta Port on Tuesday, Jul. 25th (22-Jul-2017)
friends, the Swiss Air Force PC-7 Team will be in Malta once again to give us
there great displays. Switzerland will be the fifth country
participating in this year's Malta International Airshow, also bringing the
number of display teams to two after Turkish AF's Turkish Stars where
confirmed some weeks ago.
The PC-7 is a two-seater turboprop trainer aircraft manufactured by Pilatus
Aircraft Ltd. in Stans, Switzerland. The Swiss AF procured their PC-7s in
1983. After 25 years in operation, the aircraft were completely modernised in
state-of-the-art glass cockpit, GPS and autopilot were fitted, developing the
PC-7 into a modern training platform for the future pilots of the Swiss AF.
The organising team of the Malta International Airshow from the Malta Aviation
Society would publicly like to thank the Swiss Air Force and PC-7 Team for
accepting our invitation. (Source: maltairshow.com, 21-Jul-2017)