Wednesday, November 22, 2017

French Navy FS Premier-Maitre L'Her recalls at Valletta Port

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 third visit in Valletta Port this year.  The French corvette is presently berthing alongside at Pinto-3 wharf and she's expected to sail from Valletta Port on Sunday, Nov. 26th (22-Nov-2017)

Tuesday, November 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-GJC - Embraer ERJ-190-100 ECJ (c/n. 19000243), registered to Comlux Malta Ltd. (ex N65GJ)
Cancellation/s: 
  • 9H-MYU - Bombardier Challenger 605 (c/n. 5751), registered to Maleth-Aero AOC Ltd. (rrg N917RS)
(Source: Transport Malta, 20-Nov-2017)

Monday, November 20, 2017

Air Malta Frankfurt flight delayed overnight due to technical trouble

An Air Malta flight from Frankfurt scheduled for yesterday evening never took off after the aircraft was grounded due to technical problems.  KM-329 was due to leave Frankfurt airport at 2010lt, but ran into technical trouble and required repairs.  Engineers were unable to fix the problem by the time the airport closed at 2300lt, forcing passengers to spend an extra night in Germany. 

Passengers and cabin crew spent the night in nearby hotels courtesy of the airline and were offered dinner, an Air Malta spokesman said.  Repair work resumed early this morning and the flight is expected to leave after the aircraft successfully completes a series of engine runs. 

Air Malta apologised for the inconvenience due to circumstances beyond its control, saying that it gave the utmost importance to the safety of its passengers and staff. (Source: timesofmalta.com, 20-Nov-2017)

Saturday, November 18, 2017

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

The U.K. Royal Navy Duke-class frigate HMS Monmouth (F 235) has sailed into Valletta Port (the Grand Harbour) this morning on a courtesy visit.  The British frigate is presently berthing alongside at Pinto-3 wharf and she has on board an AgustaWestland AW-159 Wildcat HMA.2 helicopter (ZZ533).  HMS Monmouth is expected to sail from Valletta Port on Tuesday, Nov. 21st. (18-Nov-2017)

U.K. Royal Navy HMS Echo calls 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 afternoon on a courtesy visit.  The British survey is presently berthing alongside at Factory wharf and she's is expected to sail from Valletta Port on Wednesday, Nov. 22nd. (18-Nov-2017)

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Italian Navy ITS Caio Duilio calls at Valletta Port

The Italian Navy Andrea Doria-class destroyer ITS Caio Duilio (D 554) sailed into Valletta Port (the Grand Harbour) this afternoon on a courtesy visit.  This is the first ever visit of an Andrea Doria-class destroyer in Valletta Port.  The Italian destroyer is presently berthing alongside at Pinto-1 wharf and she has on board an NHIndustries SH-90A helicopter (MM81599/3-24).  ITS Caio Diulio is expected to sail from Valletta Port on Friday, Nov. 17th (15-Nov-2017)

Sunday, November 12, 2017

French Navy FS Premier-Maitre L'Her recalls at Valletta Port

The French Navy D'Estienne d'Orves-class corvette FS Premier-Maitre L'Her (F 792) sailed into Valletta Port (the Grand Harbour) this afternoon on a courtesy visit.  This is her second visit in Valletta Port this year.  The French corvette is presently berthing alongside at Wine wharf and she's expected to sail from Valletta Port on Friday, Nov. 17th. (12-Nov-2017)

Saturday, November 11, 2017

Irish Naval Service LE Niamh recalls at Valletta Port

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 second 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, Nov. 15th. (11-Nov-2017)

Friday, November 10, 2017

Five flights bound to Malta IAP divert to airports in Sicily & Tunisia due to bad weather over Malta

A severe thunderstorm over the Maltese Island this afternoon has forced five aircraft en route to Malta IAP to divert to Palermo and Catania-Fontanarossa in Sicily, Italy and Tunis-Carthage in Tunisia.
  • SAS Scandinavia Airlines Airbus A320-200N (SE-DOZ), operating flight SK-1845 between Stockholm-Arlanda (Sweden) and Malta IAP, diverted to Palermo. The flight then continued to Malta reaching destination with a delay of nearly five-hours on its original scheduled time. 
  • British Airways Airbus A320-200 (G-GATL), operating flight BA-2644 between London-Gatwick (U.K.) and Malta IAP, diverted to Catania. The flight will then continue to Malta reaching destination with a delay of nearly three hours.
  • Ryanair Boeing B737-800 (EI-FRW), operating flight FR-2411 between East Midlands (U.K.) and Malta IAP, diverted to Catania. The flight then continued to Malta reaching destination with a delay of nearly three hours. 
  • Ryanair Boeing B737-800 (EI-DYF), operating flight FR-7796 between Marseille (France) and Malta IAP, diverted to Catania. The flight then continued to Malta reaching destination with a delay of 2-hrs 20-mins. 
  • Air Malta A320-200 (9H-AHR), operating flight KM-515 between Vienna (Austria) and Malta IAP, diverted to Tunis. The flight then continued to Malta reaching destination with a delay of nearly 2-hrs 45-mins. 
(10-Nov-2017)

Thursday, November 9, 2017

Air Malta to start services to Casablanca, Venice and St Petersburg next summer

In line with its growth stategy Air Malta announced direct services to three destinations; Casablanca (Morocco), Venice (Italy) and St Petersburg (Russia) for summer 2018.

The destinations were announced today during the World Travel Market (WTM), the annual leading global travel trade show being held in London between the 6th and the 8th November.

Casablanca
Air Malta will inaugurate a new twice weekly scheduled service every Monday and Thursday marking a return to one of the most important cities of Africa and the largest city in Morocco, Casablanca. The Air Malta is resuming its services to Casablanca after an absence of around ten years.

KM-724 Malta 1630 – 1755 Casablanca
KM-725 Casablanca 1855 – 2355 Malta

Venice
Air Malta will re-start flying to Venice, one of the world’s most romantic and enchanting cities, as from the 26-Mar-18. The Maltese airline will fly to Venice-Marco Polo airport with a twice a week every Monday and Saturday.

KM-638 Malta 2045 – 2230 Venice
KM-639 Venice 2320 – 0110 Malta

St Petersburg
Air Malta will start operating a twice weekly scheduled service to St Petersburg, Russia, every Wednesday and Saturday as from the 29-Mar-2018. The flight schedule to the city will complement the three times weekly service to Russia’s capital, Moscow, which will increase to a four weekly flight schedule in peak summer.

Wednesdays
KM-568 Malta 2200 – 0305 St Petersburg
KM-569 St. Petersburg 0355 – 0715 Malta

Saturdays
KM-568 Malta 2100 – 0205 St Petersburg
KM-569 St. Petersburg 0255 – 0615 Malta

(Source: Air Malta, 8-Nov-2017)

M.I.A. plc release traffic results for 2017 summer season

Malta International Airport closed off summer, which stretches from April until the end of October for the aviation industry, with 4,249,321 passenger movements. This translates into an impressive increase of more than 600,000 passenger movements over the same comparable period in 2016.

Growth in passenger numbers in the summer months was observed in parallel with an upturn of 13.3% in aircraft movements and an increase of 16.1% in seat capacity, mainly stemming from an enhanced flight schedule for the season. Moreover, at 85.0%, seat load factor for the seven-month period remained unchanged from last year.

The top drivers of passenger traffic to Malta IAP were the United Kingdom, Italy, Germany, France, and Spain. Growing by 9.6% over last year, the U.K. accounted for 1,025,055 passengers, which is almost a quarter of the airport's total traffic for summer. The other four markets all registered double-digit growth ranging between 14.0% and 32.5%, with Spain's increase being the most noteworthy.

Having welcomed over 5.2 million passengers for the year to date, the airport's focus has now shifted to achieving the best results for winter.  On the last weekend of October, the airport unveiled its new winter schedule featuring 66 destinations, five of which are new.

Traffic through Malta International Airport in October grew by 15.4% to reach 596,648 passenger movements, on the back of a 14.7% increase in aircraft movements and a 16.4% increase in seat capacity. (Source: maltairport.com, 8-Nov-2017)

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Volotea to operate two new routes to Malta next year from Nice and Bilbao

Spanish low-cost airline Volotea announced it will operate two new routes from and to Malta from Nice (France) and Bilbao (Spain). The new routes will increase the number of passengers the airline will carry to 32,300 from and to Malta next year with 230 flights.

The Bilbao routes will start operating once a week from March next year with more than 7,300 passengers. The Nice flight enters into the airline’s schedule from April 2018 with once-a-week flights which are expected to carry some 7,000 passengers. The two routes will be added to the Bordeaux route in France which Volotea is already operating from and to Malta.

Mr E. Friart, a director of Volotea, stated that the Nice destination will provide an opportunity to the Maltese to visit the maritime city in the south of France which boasts of picturesque scenery, while Bilbao is a destination in the north of Spain, renowned for food and unique scenery in the region. (Source: tvm.com.mt, 7-Nov-2017)

Monday, November 6, 2017

Threats hold up Air Malta flight from Rome

An Air Malta flight from Rome was delayed for several hours today after Italian police received a threat about the flight, the airline said this morning. 

Flight KM-613 to Malta was grounded as Italian authorities searched the plane and checked passengers' luggage. No information was given about the type of threat received. 

The flight was due to depart at 10.10am and arrive in Malta at 11.35am. It finally departed mid-afternoon and is expected to land at Malta International Airport at 4.45pm. 

"The safety and wellbeing of our passengers and staff is of paramount importance," an airline spokesman said after the plane had been given the all-clear.  "We apologise for any inconvenience caused to our guests due to circumstances beyond our control." (Source: timesofmalta.com, 6-Nov-2017)

Friday, November 3, 2017

Portuguese Navy NRP Viana do Castelo calls at Valletta Port

The Portugueses Navy Viana do Castelo-class patrol vessel NRP Viana do Castelo (P 360) has sailed into Valletta Port (the Grand Harbour) this afternoon on a courtesy visit. The Portuguese patrol vessel is presently berthing alongside at Pinto-3 wharf, and she's expected to sail from Valletta Port on Monday, Nov. 6th. (3-Nov-2017)

Thursday, November 2, 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-REY - Embraer ERJ-145 (c/n. 145036), registered to Maleth-Aero AOC Ltd. (ex CS-TPJ)
Cancellation/s: 
  • 9H-IRA - Bombardier Global Express XRS (c/n. 9319), registered to Hyperion Aviation Ltd.
(Source: Transport Malta, 1-Nov-2017)

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

French Navy FS Premier-Maitre L'Her calls at Valletta Port

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.  The French corvette is presently berthing alongside at Wine wharf and she's expected to sail from Valletta Port on Saturday, Nov. 4th. (1-Nov-2017)

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)