Saturday, August 1, 2020

Malta MedAir makes Its first flight

Founded in early 2018, Malta MedAir has been operating on an ACMI basis for Air Malta, however today, the airline, which is owned by the Maltese Government made its first flight to Warsaw.

Malta MedAir will be flying to various destinations in Europe with its own cabin crew and pilots, with recruitment to continue over the next few weeks.

The flight departed from the Malta International Airport at 1420hrs and is expected to return at 2215hrs.

(Source: bay.com.mt, 1-Aug-2020)

Friday, July 31, 2020

Air Malta commits to the Aviation Industry Charter for Covid-19

Air Malta announced it has joined major European aviation operators in a commitment to the ‘Aviation Industry Charter for Covid-19’ put forward by the European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) and the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC). 

In a statement issued on Friday Air Malta’s Chief Executive and Accountable Manager, Capt. C. Chetcuti said that this charter is aimed at implementing consistent passenger safety procedures across the continent to facilitate the recovery of air transport services whilst maintaining safe and secure operations.

He said that Air Malta believes that a harmonized approach amongst the stakeholders across Europe is key to a safe return to normal operations and rebuilding customer confidence in air travel.

Air Malta’s CEO also said that  the implementation of the Covid-19 Aviation Health Safety Protocol addresses the entire journey from the passenger’s perspective, at the departure airport, on board of the aircraft and at arrival to ensure the protection of our customers and crews against transmission of the Covid-19 virus.

(Source: newsbook.com.mt, 31-Jul-2020)

First participant for Malta Int'l Airshow 2020 announced

The Malta Aviation Society, organizers of the Malta Int'l Airshow may now confirm participation of the Italy's Guardia di Finanza (GdiF) at this year’s event.  The GdiF will participate in the static display with two brand new platforms, namely an ATR-72MP aircraft and an AW-169 helicopter.

While preparations continue for the Malta Int’l Airshow 2020, the organizing committee will be following and adhering to all national rules and regulations that may be introduced in the few remaining weeks to the event.

(Source: Malta International Airshow, 31-July-2020)

Thursday, July 30, 2020

Ryanair extends its route from Malta to Vienna to Winter 2020

Ryanair has announced a new winter route from Malta to Vienna, with a three-weekly service, as part of Ryanair’s Malta Winter 2020 schedule.  Malta consumers and visitors can now book a winter getaway to Vienna as far out as March 2021, flying on the lowest fares and with a new set of health measures that Ryanair has rolled out to protect its customers and crew.

(Source: newsbook.com.mt, 30-Jul-2020)

Emirates stop permanently all flights to Malta

Emirates has permanently stopped all flights to Malta and made all local staff redundant as it closes its Maltese office.  A former high-ranking official from Emirates has informed Lovin Malta that the airline has discontinued its daily operations from Dubai to Malta on a permanent basis.  The decision comes following problematic months for the company in light of the Covid-19 pandemic.  Emirates stopped flights to Malta back in March as the Covid-19 pandemic swept the world.

(Source: lovinmalta.com, 30-Jul-2020)

Wednesday, July 29, 2020

Austria's Lauda to close, be replaced with new Maltese unit 'Lauda Europe'

Lauda has announced that it will cease operations by the end of 2020 and will be replaced by a new unit, Lauda Europe, which has already commenced its certification in Malta.

The Austrian subsidiary of Ryanair Holdings said that the new unit would continue to operate A320s as a capacity provider under wet-lease terms for the needs of the entire group from its existing bases in Austria, Germany, and Spain, as well as new bases around Europe.  Lauda Europe plans to commence operations in Nov-20, subject to its AOC being secured by then.

The low-cost carrier holding blamed Austrian tax regulations for the decision, saying that they prevented Laudamotion GmbH (Lauda's legal name) from fulfilling the true potential of the Lauda brand.  In particular, it pointed out that by demanding that all employees be taxed under Austrian law, regardless of the location of their bases, the regulations hindered the expansion of Lauda as a wet-lease provider in other countries.

"Lauda Europe will allow German and Spanish based cabin crews to pay their income taxes in Germany and in Spain.  Lauda Europe will also facilitate new bases being opened across Europe, with pilots and cabin crew employed on local contracts.  Lauda Europe, with an Airbus AOC, will offer greater flexibility to the Ryanair Group, as it will open up bases across Europe without the penal restrictions imposed by Austria's income tax system," the group said.

In terms of its business model, the change will have limited impact on Lauda and Lauda Europe.  The Austrian unit planned to drop all in-house operations and fly exclusively under Ryanair's FR code going forward even if it had stayed in Austria.

Lauda Europe will be Ryanair Holdings' second Maltese AOC besides Malta Air, which operates B738s on behalf of Ryanair.

(Source:  ch-aviation.com, 28-Jul-2020)

Tuesday, July 28, 2020

Turkish Airlines to resumes flights to Malta on Aug. 1st

Turkey's national airline Turkish Airlines will resume flights to Malta on Aug. 1st after four months of service suspension due to the Covid-19 pandemic.  Prior to the Covid-19 pandemic, Turkish Airlines operated two scheduled daily flights between Malta and Istanbul, connecting the two countries with 322 destinations worldwide.

The Istanbul-Malta-Istanbul service is now planned to operate with a seven-weekly flight frequency until Aug. 15th.  Every Monday, Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday the service will operate in the morning as TK1369/70, while every Tuesday, Thursday and Friday the service will be in the evening as TK1371/72.  After Aug. 15th, the airline will operate a five-weekly flight frequency by temporarily eliminating the flights on Saturdays and Sundays. 

(Source: newsbook.com.mt, 28-Jul-2020)