Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Ryanair launches new route Malta IAP-Belfast

Ryanair launched today its new route between Malta IAP and Belfast (U.K.). The first scheduled flight, operated with Boeing B737-800 (EI-DYF), departed from Malta IAP at 1412lt (FR-1717). The return flight from Riga (FR-1718) landed at Malta IAP at 2207lt. Ryanair will be operating this new route twice-weekly, on Mondays and Fridays. (30-Oct-2017)

Monday, October 30, 2017

Ryanair launches new route Naples-Malta IAP

Ryanair launched today its new route between Naples (Italy) and Malta IAP.  The first scheduled flight, operated with Boeing B737-800 (EI-DCL), landed at Malta IAP at 1656lt (FR-1722).  The return flight to Naples (FR-1723) departed from Malta IAP after turnaround.  Ryanair will be operating this new route twice weekly, on Mondays and Fridays. (30-Oct-2017)

Air Malta launches its winter schedule

Air Malta's winter schedule which came into operation today is one of the busiest for this period of the year in recent years.

The country's national airline said that between now and the end of March the airline company will be operating more than 110 flights a week to 19 destinations, which is four times as much as last year’s operations.  This increase will mean an additional 146,000 passengers added to the winter schedule.

This winter Air Malta will be operating direct flights to/from: Amsterdam, Brussels, Catania, Comiso (from Dec. 17th), Dusseldorf, Frankfurt, London (Gatwick and Heathrow), Milan, Moscow, Munich, Palermo, Paris (Charles de Gaulle and Orly), Rome, Tel Aviv, Tunis, Vienna and Zurich.

Flights to Frankfurt in Germany have been resumed as from today, a destination that had been dropped last year, and flights to Comiso have also been added.  Two daily flights will be operated to Catania and London-Heathrow and there will be daily flights to Brussels, Rome, London-Gatwick, Munich and Vienna.

Tourism Minister Dr K. Mizzi said that to meet this ambitious schedule the airline will be increasing its operational hours by almost 30%.  Mizzi said the increase in routes as well as frequency throughout the winter will support the Government's efforts to decrease the seasonal trend in tourist arrivals. (Source: Air Malta & tvm.com, 29-Oct-2017)

Sunday, October 29, 2017

Ryanair launches new route Malta IAP-Riga

Ryanair launched today its new route between Malta IAP and Riga (Latvia). The first scheduled flight, operated with Boeing B737-800 (EI-DYF), departed from Malta IAP at 0707lt (FR-1726). The return flight from Riga (FR-1727) landed at Malta IAP at 1444lt. Ryanair will be operating this new route twice-weekly, on Thursdays and Sundays. (29-Oct-2017)

easyJet launches new route Southend-Malta

easyJet launched today its new route between London-Southend (U.K.) and Malta IAP. The first scheduled flight (U2-7431), operated with an Airbus A320-200 (G-EZPB), landed at Malta IAP around 1730Lt. The return flight (U2-7432) to Southend departed from Malta IAP after turnaround. easyJet will be operating this new route twice-weekly, on Thursdays and Sundays. (29-Oct-2017)

Thursday, October 26, 2017

Spanish Navy ESPS Cantabria calls at Valletta Port

The Spanish Navy replenishment tanker ESPS Cantabria (A 15) sailed into Valletta Port (the Grand Harbour) this morning on a courtesy visit. She has an AB-212 helicopter on board, serial HA.18-12.  The Spanish auxiliary is presently berthing alongside at Boiler wharf and she's expected to sail from Valletta Port on Tuesday, Oct. 31st. (26-Oct-2017)

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Ryanair's Berlin-Malta flight diverts to Catania

A Ryanair Boeing B737-800 (EI-DYF), performing flight FR-5228 between Berlin-Schoenefeld (Germany) and Malta IAP yesterday evening, had to divert to Catania-Fontanarossa (Sicily, Italy) after two missed approaches (RWY 31) at Malta IAP (wind shear).  The flight then continued to Malta reaching destination with delay of nearly 2.5-hours on its original scheduled time. (25-Oct-2017)

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

TM/DCA: Malta Aircraft Registry update

Transport Malta/Directorate of Civil Aviation published today the latest update of the Maltese Aircraft Register.

New addition/s: none


Cancellation/s: 
  • 9H-KAS - Bombardier Challenger 605 (c/n. 5856), registered to Avcon Jet Malta Ltd.
  • 9H-VTB - Bombardier Global 5000 (c/n. 9566), registered to VistaJet Ltd. (rrg N504VJ)
(Source: Transport Malta, 23-Oct-2017)

Saturday, October 21, 2017

TM/DCA: Malta Aircraft Registry update

Transport Malta/Directorate of Civil Aviation published today the latest update of the Maltese Aircraft Register.

New addition/s: 

  • 9H-XYZ - Diamond DA62 (c/n. 62-068), registered to Southern Aviation Holding Ltd.
Cancellation/s: 
  • 9H-UMM - ICP Savannah Microlight (c/n. 04-10-51-333), registered to 'Private'
(Source: Transport Malta, 19-Oct-2017)

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Turkish Airlines' Istanbul-Malta flight diverts to Istanbul

A Turkish Airlines Boeing B737-800 (TC-JVA), performing flight TK-1369 between Istanbul-Ataturk (Turkey) and Malta IAP, had to turn back to Istanbul this morning for technical reasons. 

The flight was later operated by a replacement aircraft (Boeing B737-800, TC-JVE) and reached Malta with a delay of nearly five-hours on its original scheduled time. (18-Oct-2017)

Air Malta to start flying to Ukraine following Kiev agreement

With effect from March next year Air Malta will start operating scheduled flights to Ukraine. The agreement was concluded during a State visit by President M.L. Coleiro Preca to Ukraine, a country with a population of 45 million. (Source: tvm.com.mt, 17-Oct-2017)

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Air Malta flights delayed due to cabin crew industrial action

A number of Air Malta flights have been delayed by roughly half an hour after the Union of Cabin Crew informed Air Malta last night that it had ordered its members to start industrial action, an Air Malta spokesman has confirmed. 

The airline confirmed that some flights had been affected but stressed that none had been delayed by more than 30 minutes, adding that it was currently holding discussions with members of the union. (Source: maltatoday.com, 15-Oct-2017)

Saturday, October 14, 2017

U.K Border Force HMC Protector recalls at Valletta Port

The United Kingdom's Border Force cutter HMC Protector sailed into Valletta Port (the Grand Harbour) last evening on a courtesy visit.  This is her eleventh visit in Valletta Port this year.  The British cutter is presently berthing alongside at Coal wharf, and she's expected to sail from Valletta Port in three weeks. (14-Oct-2017)

Friday, October 13, 2017

German Navy FGS Mecklenburg-Vorpommern calls at Valletta Port

The German Navy Brandeburg-class (Type F123) frigate FGS Mecklenburg-Vorpommern (F 218) sailed into Valletta Port (the Grand Harbour) this morning on a courtesy visit.  The German frigate is presently berthing alongside at Bormla wharf (in French creek), and she's scheduled to sail from Valletta Port on Saturday, Oct. 28th. (13-Oct-2017)

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Air Malta to fly to Comiso as from Dec. 17th

Air Malta will start operating a twice weekly evening scheduled service to Sicily’s Comiso airport, on Fridays and Sundays, from Dec. 17th. The airline said its Go-Light fares will apply on the route making it possible to fly for €39 per way including taxes and charges.

KM-658 Malta 2030 - 2110 Comiso
KM-659 Comiso 2200 - 2240 Malta

(Source: timesofmalta.com, 12-Oct-2017)

Irish Naval Service LE Niamh calls at Valletta Port

The Irish Naval Service Roisin-class patrol vessel LE Niamh (P 52) has sailed into Valletta Port (the Grand Harbour) this afternoon on a courtesy visit.  The Irish patrol vessel is presently berthing alongside at Pinto-5 wharf and she's expected to sail from Malta tomorrow, Oct. 13th. (12-Oct-2017)

Atlantic Airways adds Malta seasonal flights in summer 2018

Atlantic Airways in summer 2018 season is offering new non-stop service to Malta, becoming the sole operator on Vagar (Faroe Islands) - Malta route. 

The airline scheduled five round-trip flights between June and August 2018, on board Airbus A319. Operational dates are: 19-Jun, 3-Jul, 17-Jul, 31-Jul and 14-Aug.

RC-494 Vagar 0710– 1230 Malta 
RC-495 Malta 1330 – 1710 Vagar


(Source: routesonline.com, 12-Oct-2017)

Ryanair's flight to Bristol returns to Malta IAP due to an undercarriage problem

A Ryanair B737-800 (EI-DWZ), operating scheduled flight FR-3375 between Malta IAP and Bristol (U.K.) had return to Malta IAP this morning due to a technical issue with its undercarriage. 

The aircraft landed safely RWY 13 at 0906lt (departed 0736lt). No one was injured although it was reported that some of the passengers were suffering from shock.

Flight FR-3375 to Bristol will be operated by a replacement Ryanair aircraft this afternoon. (12-Oct-2017)

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

M.I.A. plc releases trafffic results for September 2017

Traffic at Malta IAP in September registered an increase of more than 89,000 passenger movements over the same month last year, with a total of 626,488 guests welcomed at MIA.

This translated into an increase of 16.7% over 2016. Moreover, September was the third consecutive month at the airport to surpass the 600,000 mark in terms of passenger numbers.

Standing at 86.7%, September’s seat load factor (SLF) remained constant, in spite of the increase in both aircraft movements (14.6%) and seat capacity (17.0%).

The United Kingdom continued to lead Malta IAP's list of top markets, contributing 146,160 passenger movements to September's total traffic, and growing by 4.7% over last year mainly due to an increase in capacity as a result of the Cruise & Fly operation.

On the other hand, the rest of the top markets, these being Italy (10.5%), Germany (25.8%) and France (17.6%) all registered double-digit growth. Spain, which is the fifth largest market, is maintaining its year-to-date progress, with a hefty 43.8% increase in passenger movements in September, partly stemming from increased flight frequencies to Madrid. (Source: maltairport.com, 9-Oct-2017)

Sunday, October 8, 2017

U.K Border Force HMC Protector recalls at Valletta Port

The United Kingdom's Border Force cutter HMC Protector sailed into Valletta Port (the Grand Harbour) this afternoon on a courtesy visit. This is her tenth visit in Valletta Port this year.  The British cutter is presently berthing alongside at Wine wharf, and she's expected to sail from Valletta Port in the coming days. (8-Oct-2017)

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Five flights bound to Malta IAP divert to airports in Sicily due to severe thunderstorm over the island

A severe thunderstorm over the Maltese Island this morning has forced five aircraft en route to Malta IAP to divert to Palermo and Catania-Fontanarossa in Sicily, Italy.
  • Transavia Boeing B737-800 (PH-HZI), operating flight HV-5773 between Amsterdam-Schiphol (Netherlands) and Malta IAP, diverted to Palermo. The flight then continued to Malta reaching destination with a delay of nearly three-hours on its original scheduled time. 
  • EAT Leipzig Boeing B757-200 (D-ALEH), operating cargo flight QY-7922 between Marseille (France) and Malta IAP, diverted to Palermo. The flight will then continue to Malta later on day. 
  • Ryanair Boeing B737-800 (EI-FZA), operating flight FR-5224 between Weeze (Germany) and Malta IAP, diverted to Catania-Fontanarossa . The flight then continued to Malta reaching destination with a delay of nearly two-hours on its original scheduled time. 
  • LOT Polish Airline Embraer E195 (SP-LNA), operating charter flight LO-7455 between Warsaw (Poland) and Malta IAP, diverted to Palermo. The flight then continued to Malta reaching destination with a delay of three-hours on its original scheduled time. 
  • easyJet Airbus A319-100 (G-EZGA), operating flight U2-1997 Manchester (U.K.) and Malta IAP, diverted to Palermo. The flight then continued to Malta reaching destination with a delay of nearly two-hours on its original scheduled time. 
(4-Oct-2017)

Air Malta's Catania-Malta flight diverts to Catania

An Air Malta Airbus A320-200 (9H-AHR), operating scheduled flight KM-643 between Catania-Fontanarossa (Sicily, Italy) and Malta IAP, had to return/divert to Catania-Fontanarossa yesterday evening due bad weather over Malta. The flight then continued to Malta reaching destination with a delay of 2.25-hours on its original scheduled time. (4-Oct-2017)

TM/DCA: Malta Aircraft Registry update

Transport Malta/Directorate of Civil Aviation published today the latest update of the Maltese Aircraft Register.

New addition/s: 

  • 9H-DFS - Dassault Falcon 50 (c/n. 185), registered to AS AILES Ltd. dba Harmony Jets (ex T7-DFX)
  • 9H-IAN - Tecnam P2002-JF (c/n. 082), registered to 'Private' (ex HB-KPE)
  • 9H-JSY - Bombardier Global Express XRS (c/n. 9423), registered to Elit'Avia Malta Ltd. (ex G-RAAA)
  • 9H-VTD - Bombardier Global 6000 (c/n. 9763), registered to VistaJet Ltd. (ex C-FNLH)
Cancellation/s: 
  • 9H-GVA - Bombardier Global 5000 (c/n. 9548), registered to Elit'Avia Malta Ltd. (rrg N499WR)
  • 9H-VTC - Bombardier Global 5000 (c/n. 9571), registered to VistaJet Ltd. (rrg N505VJ)
(Source: Transport Malta, 3-Oct-2017)

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

French Navy FS Cdt. Ducuing recalls at Valletta Port

The French Navy D'Estienne d'Orves-class corvette FS Commandant Ducuing (F 795) sailed into Valletta Port (the Grand Harbour) this morning on a courtesy visit. This is her second visit in Valletta Port this Malta.  The French corvette is presently berthing alongside at Deep Water Quay-1 and she's expected to sail from Valletta Port on Friday, Oct. 6th. (3-Oct-2017)

Monday, October 2, 2017

Lightning strikes equipment at Malta's Air Traffic Control

As the weather forecast predicted, the month of October began with heavy rainfall. As a result, a number of flights to and from Malta International Airport have also been affected this morning.
In a statement, the Malta Air Traffic Services (MATS) said that it was hit by a lightning bolt, causing damage to its technical equipment. It said that as a precaution it had to temporarily stop flights from flying over Maltese air space until the problem was solved. It added that the systems operated by MATS have now been fully restored and is operating normally.
An airport spokesperson said that, in all, six flights had been affected: Ryanair flight FR-7591 from Roma-Fiumicino (diverted to Palemo), Ryanair flight FR-7592 to Rome-Fiumicino,  Wizzair flight W6-7766 to Skopje, Air Malta flight KM-116 to London-Gatwick and Air Malta flight KM-306 to Munich. (Source: tvm.com.mt)