Saturday, November 17, 2018

French Navy FS Enseigne de vaisseau Jacoubet recalls at Valletta Port

The French Navy FS Enseigne de vaisseau Jacoubet (F 794) has sailed into Valletta Port (the Grand Harbour) this morning on a courtesy visit.  This is her second visit in Valletta Port this year.

FS EdV Jacoubet is an D'Estienne d'Orves-class corvette (Type A69).  She was commissioned in service on Oct. 23rd, 1982.  

The French corvette is presently berthing alongside at Pinto-3 wharf, and she's expected to sail from Valletta Port on Wednesday, Nov. 21st (17-Nov-2018)

Saturday, November 10, 2018

Spanish Navy ESPS Reina Sofia calls at Valletta Port

The Spanish Navy frigate ESPS Reina Sofia (F 84) sailed into Valletta Port (the Grand Harbour) this morning on a courtesy visit. 

ESPS Reina Sofia is the fourth of six Santa Maria-class frigates in commission with the Spanish Navy.  She was commissioned in service on 30-Oct-1990.

ESPS Reina Sofia is presently berthing alongside at Boiler wharf and she's expected to sail from Valletta Port on Tuesday, Nov. 13th.  (10-Nov-2018)

Friday, November 9, 2018

U.K. Royal Navy HMS Echo recalls at Valletta Port

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 fourth visit in Valletta Port this year.  The British survey is presently berthing alongside at Boat House wharf (in French creek) and she's expected to sail from Valletta Port next month.  (9-Nov-2018)

German Navy FGS Augsburg calls at Valletta Port

The German Navy frigate FGS Augsburg (F 213) sailed into Valletta Port (the Grand Harbour) this morning on a courtesy visit.  

FGS Augsburg is the seventh of eight Type F122 Bremen-class frigates commissioned by the German Navy.  She was commissioned on 3-Oct-1989.

The German frigate is presently berthing alongside at Bormla wharf (in French creek), and she's scheduled to sail from Valletta Port on Tuesday, Nov. 20th. (9-Nov-2017)

Thursday, November 8, 2018

Year-to-date traffic through Malta IAP soars to nearly six million passenger movements

Malta Int’l Airport continued to register exceptional results, with year-to-date traffic through the terminal reaching 5,939,436 passenger movements.  This figure indicates that the airport is on track to reaching its forecast 6.8 million passenger movements by the end of 2018.

Last summer was an important contributor to this year-to-date total.  A 12.2% growth in passenger traffic for the summer months – from April to October – was observed alongside a 13.4% increase in aircraft movements and an increase of 13.7% in seat capacity.  These improvements mainly resulted from a significantly enhanced summer schedule with more than 100 destinations on offer.

"Year-to-date traffic results are quite remarkable considering that last year the six million mark was only reached on the last day of 2017.  While summer has now ended, over 12 routes have been extended into the winter period and more frequencies have been added on a number of routes.  The months ahead promise to keep us busy, auguring well for our pledge to constantly work towards year-round tourism," said Malta IAP CEO, A. Borg.

The top drivers of passenger traffic during the summer months were the U.K. (+14.9%), Italy (+15.1%), Germany (-2.3%), France (+12.5%), and Spain (+44.5%).  Spain's noteworthy spike in passenger movements can be attributed to the launch of three new summer routes; Malaga, Seville, and Bilbao, two of which have been extended into the winter period.

Last summer's most popular destination with Maltese holidaymakers was Italy, with Catania and Rome being the most sought-after cities.  These two cities will be benefitting from four additional weekly flights each throughout the winter period, which will certainly serve to further cement their popularity with the Maltese public even in the off-peak months.

October, which marks the end of summer for the aviation industry, grew by 8.4% in terms of traffic to reach 646,559 passenger movements.  (Source: maltairport.com, 7-Nov-2018)

Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Air Malta forced to delay flight after pilots and their replacements call in sick

Air Malta flight KM560/1 from Malta to Moscow was yesterday evening delayed by 10 hours 30 minutes due to the fact that the planned operating crew for this flight reported sick, the airline said in a statement.  

The next standby crew was called and the co-pilot reported sick after he was called in, leaving the airline with no option but to delay the flight and wait for a leased aircraft to be flown to Malta, Air Malta said.

Consequently, and to minimise disruptions to its customers, the airline has today wet-leased an Airbus A321 to operate KM100/1 from Malta to London in order to facilitate the delayed flight to Moscow.

This flight was delayed by 2-hrs 55-mins.  A number of other flights were also delayed today with delays ranging from 20-40 minutes.  KM368/9 from Malta to Hamburg was delayed by one hour.

The estimated cost of this disruption is over €85,000, Air Malta said, apologizing for any inconvenience caused by circumstances beyond its control.  (Source: independent.com.mt, 7-Nov-2018)

U.K. Royal Navy HMS Diamond calls at Valletta Port

The U.K. Royal Navy destroyer HMS Diamond (D 34) has sailed into Valletta Port (the Grand Harbour) this afternoon on a courtesy visit.  She has an AgustaWestland Wildcat HMA.2 helicopter on board, serial ZZ414.

HMS Diamond is the third of six Type 45 Daring-class destroyers in commission with the Royal Navy.  She was commissioned in service 6-May-2011.

The British destroyer is presently berthing alongside at Pinto-4/5 wharf, and she's expected to sail from Valletta Port on Monday, Nov. 12th.  (7-Nov-2018)

Ukraine Air Alliance AN12 bound to Mitiga diverts to Malta IAP

A Ukraine Air Alliance Antonov AN-12 (UR-CGV), performing cargo flight UKL4019 between Paris-Vatry Chalons (France) and Tripoli-Mitiga (Libya), had to divert to Malta IAP this morning due to the temporarily closure of Mitiga airport because of unrest in its vicinity.  The aircraft continued with the flight to Tripoli-Mitiga after 55-mins on the ground.  (Source: 7-Nov-2018)