Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Ryanair to fly Malta-Trieste from October

Ryanair is to operate a twice-weekly new Malta-Trieste (Italy) service as from October. It raises to 60 the number of routes which the low-cost airline will operate from Malta in the winter.  That includes new, already announced services to Amman, Billund, Cardiff, Cork , Exeter, Lamezia, Luxembourg, Maastricht, Nantes, Oslo, Paphos, Perugia, Rome Fiumicino, Santiago and Thessaloniki.  (Source: timesofmalta.com, 20-May-2019)

Call for expression of interest for air service between Gozo and Malta

Government-owned company, Malta Air Travel Ltd. (Malta MedAir), has published a call for proposals to identify an operator for the air service between Gozo and Malta.  A joint statement issued by the Tourism Ministry and the Gozo Ministry pointed out that the helicopter should carry a capacity of at least 15 passengers.  The statement said that this is part of the Government's vision to upgrade connectivity between Malta and Gozo.  Proposals will be received on the 18th June.  (Source: tvm.com.mt, 20-May-2019)

Britten Norman to expand operations in Malta

British company, Britten Norman, which manufactures Islander aircraft, will expand its operations in Malta.  Economy Minister Dr C. Cardona announced that the company has been allocated a 1,000 square metre hangar at the Safi aviation park.  

Dr Cardona stated that through this space, the company will invest €1 million on a period of three years.  Britten Norman’s chief executive W. Hynett, said that the company plans to offer training to pilots and engineers from Malta.  He added that the company applied for a licence to fly aircraft from Malta to nearby destinations.  (Source: tvm.com.mt, 20-May-2019)

Friday, May 17, 2019

Avion Express establishes subsidiary airline in Malta

To strengthen its position in the market, Avion Express, the largest narrow-body ACMI operator in the world, established a subsidiary airline in Malta.

The latter company, which was named Avion Express Malta, was granted Maltese Air Operator's Certificate and Air Operating Licence earlier this week.  Alongside with its parent company, the Maltese airline will provide ACMI services to regular and charter airlines.

Avion Express Malta will start its operations with one Airbus A320 aircraft registered as 9H-AMA.  It will commence flying for Europe's third largest airline Norwegian on 20-May-2019.  The respective ACMI contract was signed for European high season of 2019.

"Establishing a subsidiary company in Malta is a very important step for our company," says Avion Express CEO D. Kajokas.  "The decision to expand our business to this region was influenced by the favourable and strategically beneficial conditions provided by Malta.  Malta is an FAA-approved country which gives us access to the U.S. market and opens a lot of opportunities to strengthen our leading position as a global ACMI provider on narrow-bodies."

Avion Express is the largest narrow-body ACMI operator in the world successfully working with clients in Europe, Africa, South America, Asia-Pacific.  In 2019 the airline will operate 22 A320 family aircraft.  

Avion Express was awarded ACMI Operator of the Year 2019 at Air Transport Awards by International Business News.  (Source: avionexpress.aero, 16-May-2019)

Thursday, May 16, 2019

Eurowings' flight from Hanover to Catania diverts to Malta IAP

A Eurowings Boeing 737-800 (D-ABMQ), operating flight EW-3812 from Hannover (Germany) to Catania-Fontanarossa (Sicily, Itlay), had to divert to Malta Int'l Airport this afternoon due to bad weather over Catania airport.  The flight then continued to Catania landing at destination with a delay of 3-hrs 15-mins.  (Source: flightradar24.com, 16-May-2019)

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

M.I.A. plc releases 2019 financial results

2018 was an excellent year for Malta Int'l Airport, with the company posting a net profit increase of 25.6% to reach €30.3 million, on the back of a record number of passengers.  Malta IAP plc announced its results for the year ended 31-Dec-2018 at its 27th Annual General Meeting held earlier today.

The company's aviation (+11.1%) and non-aviation (+14.1%) segments both registered growth, with the improvement of the former being largely driven by a 13.2% increase in passenger traffic.  In line with its diversification strategy, the company's non-aviation activities also delivered positive results, contributing 28.9% to total revenues for the year.

In the opening address, Malta IAP Chairman Mr N. Gretzmacher noted that while these figures speak for themselves, it must be acknowledged that they are the result of ongoing work and tireless commitment, as well as close collaborations with key stakeholders, especially government, when it comes to traffic development.

"Malta IAP's double-digit traffic increase for 2018 outpaced the average growth of its European peer group.  However, this result did not come at the expense of service quality.  In fact, in 2018 we were awarded the Best Airport in Europe title, in recognition of the great airport experience we provided our guests with," said Mr Gretzmacher. 

Taking the floor after the Chairman, CEO A. Borg gave a more in-depth understanding of the company’s performance for 2018, presenting details of Malta IAP's growth across its key financial indicators, a comprehensive traffic report, and an investment break-down.

Mr Borg highlighted that Malta IAP is set to close off 2019 with another traffic milestone of 7.2 million passenger movements and with plans in hand for a number of infrastructural projects.  "The approval of our master plan was a very important development in 2018 and, together with our solid financial position, it will enable us to continue investing in the airport campus in its entirety over the long term, helping us honour our commitment of keeping the momentum of improvement going," said Mr Borg, whilst noting that in 2019 alone the company's investments will total over €20 million.

Mr Borg proceeded to give details on the company's land side and air side investments, which include the ongoing multi-storey car park project, the SkyParks 2 development, which will also encompass the construction of a business hotel, the development of a new apron, which will furnish the airport with long-term aircraft capacity stability, and a terminal expansion which will address critical areas of operation.  (Source: maltairport.com, 15-May-2019)

U.K.'s Royal Navy HMS Echo calls at Valletta Port

The U.K's Royal Navy HMS Echo (H 87) has sailed into Valletta Port this morning on courtesy visit.  The Echo-class survey vessel is presently berthing alongside at Boat House wharf (in French creek) and she's scheduled to sailed from Valletta Port in the coming weeks.  (15-May-2019)

Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Turkish Airlines' flight from Istanbul to Accra diverts to Malta IAP

A Turkish Airlines Boeing 737-900 (TC-JYE) operating flight TK-625, between Istanbul (Turkey) and Accra-Kotaka IAP (Ghana), had to divert to Malta Int'l Airport this afternoon for operational reasons.  The aircraft landed safely on RWY 31 at 1649lt and vacated the runway via TWY F and stopped to have the undercarriage inspected.  

Flight TK-625 then continued to Accra operated by a replacement aircraft - Boeing 737-800 (TC-JHC) that had arrived in Malta on scheduled flight TK-1371 from Istanbul - departing from Malta IAP at 2021lt.  The diverted Boeing B737-900 (TC-JYE) departed to scheduled flight TK-1372 to Istanbul at 2039lt.  (Source: flightradar24.com, 14-May-2019)