Friday, October 8, 2021

Air Atlanta Europe receives Maltese AOC

Air Atlanta Icelandic has established a new airline in Malta and is targeting the trans-Atlantic market for charter and ACMI services.  Transport Malta, the country’s Civil Aviation Directorate, issued Air Atlanta Europe an operator’s certificate on Sept. 30 and on Oct. 6, the newly formed carrier requested permission to launch flights to the United States.

(Source: cargofacts.com, 8-Oct-2021)

Thursday, October 7, 2021

Malta IAP releases traffic results for Sep-21

Malta International Airport recorded its strongest month in terms of passenger volumes since the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic, welcoming a total of 418,473 passengers in September.  While the summer holiday season typically reaches its peak in August, the traffic results achieved by the airport in September surpassed the numbers recorded in the preceding month, with September outperforming August for the first time since 1999.

Despite the uptick in airport activity, passenger traffic nearly halved in September compared with pre-pandemic volumes, as the airport reported a 45.1% drop in passenger movements over the same month in 2019.  Seat-occupancy levels also remained below pre-pandemic levels, as airlines carried passengers to and from the airport at an average seat load factor of just over 70%.

The U.K. retained its spot as Malta IAP's top driver of passenger traffic as it continues its path of recovery, with over 108,000 passengers departing or arriving from this destination in September and the further easing of travel restrictions by the U.K. government in October auguring well for the coming months.  Following the U.K. on the market leader board for September were the Italian, German, French and Spanish markets.

Malta IAP has also published its flight schedule for the upcoming season, which is now available on the airport website.  The winter schedule features new flight connections, adding services to unserved markets including Croatia, North Macedonia, and the United Arab Emirates, as well as a number of route extensions from summer into winter.

(Source: maltairport.com, 6-Oct-2021)

Wednesday, October 6, 2021

Air Malta voted amongst top regional airlines at Skytrax World Airline Awards

Air Malta has been voted the 3rd ‘Best Regional Airline in Europe’ and the 10th ‘Best Regional Airline in the World’ at the Skytrax World Airline Awards™ 2021.  The Maltese airline has also been voted as the 5th Best Airline in Southern Europe.  As a result of this positive performance, Air Malta climbed 7 places to 80th place out of the 350 airlines included in the survey results.

The Skytrax awards are the global benchmark of airline excellence and the primary benchmarking tool for passenger satisfaction levels of airlines throughout the world.

The survey was conducted online between September 2019 and July 2021 with 13.42 million eligible survey entries completed, across a range of topics.  The survey covered full-service and low-cost airlines and measured standards across 68 key performance indicators of airline front-line product and service.  Over 100 different nationalities participated in the survey covering world airlines from largest international airlines to smaller domestic carriers.

(Source: Air Malta, 6-Oct-2021)

Tuesday, October 5, 2021

Wizz Air A21N operating flight Bologna-Catania diverts to Malta IAP

A Wizz Air Airbus A321-200N (HA-LVO), operating flight W6-8184 between Bologna (Italy) and Catania-Fontanarossa (Sicily, Italy), had to divert to Malta IAP this morning because of bad weather over Catania.  The aircraft then continued with its flight to Catania-Fontanarossa reaching destination with a delay of nearly 2-hrs 50-mins.

(Source: flightradar24.com, 5-Oct-2021)

Friday, October 1, 2021

Vueling to offer new service between Paris-Orly and Malta IAP from Nov. 5th

Vueling has secured 18 daily slots at Paris-Orly that were given up by Air France to remedy competition concerns following its €4 billion recapitalization by the French state because of the Covid-19 pandemic.  Thus, Vueling will be launching 32 routes from Paris-Orly, including amongst one to Malta IAP, during the first week of November.  Vueling will be connected Paris-Orly and Malta IAP with two weekly flights as from Nov. 5th

(Source: routesonline.com, 1-Oct-2021)