The Spanish Navy Santa Maria-class frigate ESPS Santa Maria (F 81) sailed into Valletta Port (the Grand Harbour) this morning on a courtesy visit. The Spanish frigate is presently berthing alongside at Pinto-4/5 wharf and she's expected to sail from Valletta Port on Thursday, Jan. 4th. (29-Dec-2017)
A privately-owned Dassault Falcon 7X aircraft (VP-BZE) was blown off Malta IAP's apron-4 on Wednesday night, ploughing through
a perimeter fence and into the road before crashing into a building. No
injuries were reported at the incident in Ħal-Farruġ.
believe the strong winds forced the unmanned plane from its wheel chocks,
pushing it into the road before crashing into the building owned by the
seems like it was the result of the strong winds. The building didn't sustain
major damage, but we presume the aircraft did," Polidano Group's legal
representative J.P. Sammut told Times of Malta,
after he was informed about the incident through airport security. Nobody was
present in the building at the time of impact.
Malta and Malta IAP officials are investigating the incident,
while the Bureau of Accident Investigation are also investigating. The police
and armed forces were on site and closed the road off to traffic.
a statement, M.I.A. said its operations and security teams were deployed to the
scene immediately to safeguard the integrity of the aerodrome and secure the
airport perimeter. M.I.A.'s Rescue and Fire Fighting Services were also on the
scene as a precautionary measure, however there were no injuries reported. (Source: timesofmalta.com, 27-Dec-2017)
A Turkish Airlines Boeing B737-800 (TC-JVZ), operating scheduled flight TK-1371 between Istanbul-Ataturk (Turkey) and Malta IAP, had to divert to Catania-Fontanarossa yesterday evening due to strong crosswinds on the main runway at Malta IAP. The flight then continued to Malta reaching destination with a delay of 3-hrs 45-mins on its original scheduled time. (22-Dec-2017)
The U.K. Royal Navy Echo-class survey vessel HMS Enterprise (H 88) has sailed into Valletta Port (the Grand Harbour) this morning on a courtesy visit. The British survey is presently berthing alongside at Factory wharf (in French creek) and she's is expected to sail from Valletta Port on Monday, Jan. 8th. (21-Dec-2017)
The U.K. Royal Navy Echo-class survey vessel HMS Echo (H 87) has sailed into Valletta Port (the Grand Harbour) this morning on a courtesy visit. This is her fifth visit in Valletta Port this year. The British survey is presently berthing alongside at Pinto-3 wharf and she's is expected to sail from Valletta Port on Tuesday, Dec. 26th. (21-Dec-2017)
Air Malta launched this evening its new route between Malta IAP and Comiso (Sicily, Italy). The first scheduled flight, operated with Airbus A319-100 (9H-AEJ), departed from Malta IAP at 2110lt (KM-658). The return flight from Comiso (KM-659) landed at Malta IAP at 2315lt. Air Malta will be operating this new route twice-weekly, on Fridays and Sundays. (17-Dec-2017)
Air Maltawill transfer its
slots at London-Heathrow and London-Gatwick to a recently
established government-owned company by the end of first quarter of 2018, Chairman
C. Mangion has said.
"This will allow us to raise funds through our own
assets as we can no longer receive any state aid. It will also ensure that
these invaluable assets always remain part of Malta's national assets," he
was quoted by MaltaToday.
The Maltese state-owned airline is barred from receiving any
more government funding as per EU laws. EU regulations allow
companies to access state aid once every ten years. In Air Malta's case, it
received EUR130 million in government funding back in 2011.
The holding firm company that will assume control of the
slots will be fully independent of the airline and will retain them, Mangion
A separate government-owned company will also take over the
ground handling unit at Malta IAP from the airline, Tourism Minister K. Mizzi announced. This
takeover should also be concluded in the first quarter of 2018.
The divestment should help the airline return to
profitability. It also plans to expand its no-frills
Go Light fares and gradually switch to a LCC type business model to increase
its competitiveness. (Source: ch-aviation.com, 13-Dec-2017)
The Irish Naval Service Roisin-class patrol vessel LE Niamh (P 52) has sailed into Valletta Port (the Grand Harbour) this morning on a courtesy visit. This is her third call in Valletta Port this year. The Irish patrol vessel is presently berthing alongside at Pinto-3 wharf and she's expected to sail from Valletta Port on Wednesday, Dec. 13th. (10-Dec-2017)
Aviation has launched a new flight operation in Malta after securing its air
operator's certificate (AOC) for the island. The company is already
operating a B737 BBJ under the Malta AOC, and expects to add a Legacy 600 in
the coming weeks. It now has regional AOC
operations in Malta, Switzerland (Zurich) and Germany (Cologne).
"Our new flight operation
in Malta is a terrific complement to our Swiss and German operations," said
J. Reuthinger, senior vice president and general manager of Jet Aviation's
aircraft management and charter operations in EMEA and Asia. "The additional
AOC in the European Union allows aircraft owners and operators more flexibility
in their choice of registrations and operation." (Source: corporatejetinvestor.com, 8-Dec-2017)
The United States Navy destroyer USS Carney (DDG 64) sailed into Valletta Port (the Grand Harbour) this morning on a courtesy visit. USS Carney is the 14th Arleigh Burke-class destroyer in the U.S. Navy. The ship is the first to be named after Admiral Robert Carney who served as Chief of Naval Operations during the Eisenhower administration. She was commissioned in service on 8-Jun-1996. The U.S. destroyer is presently berthing alongside at Pinto-1 wharf and she's expected to sail from Valletta Port on Wednesday, Dec. 12th (8-Dec-2017)
International Airport continued to register solid traffic results, even as it
entered its winter period, with November becoming the fourteenth consecutive
month to achieve double-digit growth in passenger movements.
November, the airport hosted over 55,000 passengers more than it did in 2016,
closing off the month with a total of 405,724 movements. This translates into
an increase of 15.8 per cent over last year.
record number of passengers for November was observed in parallel with an
increase of 18.1% in aircraft movements and a 19.2% improvement
in seat capacity. Seat load factor for November, which marks airlines' ability to fill available seats on flights, dropped slightly and stood at 79%.
month's top five markets accounted for more than half of the total passenger
movements for November. The U.K. continued to top the leader board
with over 100,000 passenger movements, followed by Italy, Germany, France, and
Belgium. While the first four markets all registered varying levels of growth,
Belgium lost around 570 passenger movements when compared with 2016. The
biggest spike in passenger numbers in November was observed on the Polish
market, which grew by 76.3% over last year. This strong increase can be
attributed to added flights on the Gdansk, Krakow and Wroclaw routes. Other
markets which registered noteworthy growth stemming from improved flight
schedules and additional capacity, include Turkey, Austria and the Netherlands. (Source: maltairport.com, 7-Dec-2017)
Malta presented its Annual Report and Consolidated Financial Statements for
year ended on Mar. 31st, 2017, during which the operations of the airline company
reported a loss of €13.1m.
During the year under
review the airline experienced a decrease of €28.3m in revenue when total
revenue amounted to €192.2m compared to €220.5m a year before, mainly driven by
a capacity reduction of 20%.
The airline's operational
costs decreased by €20.6m. The decrease in operating costs was driven by lower aircraft
leases, fuel costs and related maintenance expenses, efficiency gains and
savings on a number of contracts and administration expenses.
the former fuel hedging contracts were in place for much longer than those of
competitors. The airline was not in a position to benefit from lower fuel prices
in the reported financial year commented Air Malta's CFO, K. Gossler during
a press briefing announcing the results.
Over the last few months,
the airline has been focusing on a revenue growth strategy including a review
of its route network; a strategy which the airline embarked upon soon after the
appointment of the new Board chaired by Dr C. Mangion in July this year.
The Board approved a new
three-year Business Plan starting as of April which is projected to see
break-even by March 2018. (Source: independent.com.mt, 7-Dec-2017)
The French Navy D'Estienne d'Orves-class corvette FS Premier-Maitre L'Her (F 792) sailed into Valletta Port (the Grand Harbour) this morning on a courtesy visit. This is her fourth visit in Valletta Port this year. The French corvette is presently berthing alongside at Pinto-5 wharf and she's expected to sail from Valletta Port on Thursday, Dec. 7th (3-Dec-2017)