Monday, February 19, 2018

Air Malta to get tenth aircraft, new flights to London-Southend and Cagliari

Air Malta will be leasing its tenth aircraft later this year to cater for increased demand from new routes the company will operate.  Chairperson C. Mangion said the ninth aircraft would be coming into service over the next two months.  The tenth aircraft will initially be needed for the summer months, starting in May.  

Dr Mangion was speaking at a press conference during which the airline announced new routes to Cagliari airport in Sardinia and London-Southend, U.K.  Air Malta will operate flights to these airports from Malta, while also connecting Cagliari and Catania airports to London-Southend.  

London-Southend is a relatively new airport built for the London Olympics in 2012, situated 45 minutes away from the centre.  Air Malta will retain its slots at Gatwick and Heathrow.

Tourism Minister K. Mizzi said the government’s strategy was to ensure Malta was well connected with mainland Europe, as well as other countries in the Mediterranean.  He said the choice of Southend represented an experiment with the "low cost dimension", in an airport that was still establishing itself. (Source: maltatoday.com, 19-Feb-2018)

Sunday, February 18, 2018

U.K Border Force HMC Valiant calls at Valletta Port

The United Kingdom's Border Force cutter HMC Vailiant sailed into Valletta Port (the Grand Harbour) this morning on a courtesy visit.  The British cutter is presently berthing alongside at Coal wharf, and she's expected to sail from Valletta Port in the coming weeks. (18-Feb-2018)

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

DC Aviation Malta secures AOC

DC Aviation Malta has obtained an air operator's certificate (AOC) from Transport Malta.  The Maltese unit of Germany business charter specialist DC Aviation was set up in 2008, but thus far operated without a local AOC.  The company offers fixed based operation, aircraft management, aircraft charter, and aircraft handling services. (Source: ch-aviation.com, 13-Feb-2018)

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

M.I.A. plc releases Jan18's traffic results

Following on from 2017's uninterrupted double-digit growth, Malta IAP started 2018 with an upswing of 16.7% in passenger numbers.  January traffic grew by more than 50,000 passenger movements over the same comparable stretch in 2017, bringing the month to a close with 351,550 passengers.

Moreover, a number of route developments and increased flight frequencies for the winter season, contributed to a 15.2% increase in aircraft movements and a 16.8% increase in seat capacity.  On the other hand, seat load factor decreased marginally by 1.1 PPD, and stood at 71.6% for the month of January.

Outperforming Italy by just 1,450 passenger movements, the U.K. held on to its first place amongst Malta IAP's top drivers of traffic for January.  These two markets were followed by Germany, France, and Poland, which cumulatively accounted for over 22% of the month's total traffic.

Whilst all five markets registered double-digit growth, at 82.2%, Poland's increase was by far the strongest, auguring well for the joint endeavours of Malta IAP, the government, and the Malta Tourism Authority to maximise the potential presented by the Eastern European market through better connections with the region.

Meanwhile, traffic results released just yesterday by Airports Council International show that Malta IAP was one of the top five performers, in terms of full-year growth, amongst airports in its class, each hosting between five and ten million passengers annually. (Source: maltairport.com, 6-Feb-2018)

Saturday, February 3, 2018

French Navy FS Enseigne de vaisseau Jacoubet calls at Valletta Port

The French Navy D'Estienne d'Orves-class corvette FS Enseigne de vaisseau Jacoubet (F 794) sailed into Valletta Port (the Grand Harbour) this morning on a courtesy visit.  The French corvette is presently berthing alongside at Wine wharf, and she's expected to sail from Valletta Port on Wednesday, Feb. 7th (3-Feb-2018)

Friday, February 2, 2018

Air Malta registers 21% growth in last three months

Preliminary figures show that Air Malta carried over 328,000 passengers between November 2017 and January 2018, an increase of 21% over the same period last year.  During this period the airline operated 1,050 flights, an increase of 21% over last year, the airline said in a statement.  Month on month, Air Malta registered a growth in passengers; +18% in November and +24% in December. The airline carried over 97,400 passengers in January, a growth of 22% over January 2017.

"These results show a healthy growth phase for the airline. Italy is performing very well with our Rome, Milan and Catania achieving above average growth.  Impressive increases were also registered on Munich, Amsterdam and Vienna on which we have doubled our capacity from a three times weekly operation to a daily one.  In September 2017 we made a significant change in our strategy with the introduction of Go Light, our hand luggage only fare.  This product is helping us positioning ourselves better in the market," said P. Sies, Air Malta Chief Commercial Officer. (Source: independent.com.mt, 2-Feb-2018)

Air Malta and airBaltic to start codeshare flights

The Latvian airline Air Baltic and the national airline of the Maltese Islands – Air Malta have concluded a cooperation agreement, known as code-share agreement.

This partnership with Air Malta will enable Air Baltic passengers to reach Malta every day via common gateways in Europe as well as additional destinations served from Malta.  In turn this agreement will offer Air Malta passengers better connectivity to the Baltics and Eastern Europe.

Air Malta will place its flight code KM on direct flights Malta-Riga operated by 
Air Baltic as well as connecting flights between Malta and the Baltics, whilst Air Baltic will put its code BT on flights from Riga, Vilnius, and Tallinn to Malta as well as to Catania (Italy) via common gateways. (Source: aviationtribune.com, 1-Feb-18)

Thursday, February 1, 2018

French Navy FS Aconit calls at Valletta Port

The French Navy La Fayette-class frigate FS Aconit (F 713) sailed into Valletta Port (the Grand Harbour) this morning on a courtesy visit.  The French frigate is currently berthing alongside at Pinto-1 wharf, and she's expected to sail from Valletta Port on Monday, Feb. 5th. (1-Feb-2018)