The Russian Federation naval vessel RFS Sergey Osipov - a Boris Chilikin class (Project 1559/1593) replenishment tanker - has sailed into Valletta Port (Grand Harbour) this afternoon at 1415LT on a courtesy visit.
RFS Sergey Osipov is presently berthing starboard alongside at Parlatorio Wharf (in French Creek) and she's expected to sail from the Grand Harbour on Monday, January 2nd, at 1230LT.
The Russian Federation naval frigate RFS Ladnyy (801) - a Burevestnik class (Project 1135) - has sailed into Valletta Port (Grand Harbour) this morning at 0945LT on a courtesy visit.
This RFS Ladnyy's second visit in Valletta Port this year, her first visit was between the 9th and 11th December.
The Russian frigate is presently berthing starboard alongside at Pinto-4/5 Wharf, later to shift to Parlatorio Wharf, and she's expected to sail from the Grand Harbour on Monday, January 2nd, at 1030LT.
Air Malta announced is increasing its flights to and from Tripoli to four frequency as from next Jan. 3rd. The flights will be on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. Chief Commercial Officer P. Saunders said: "This decision was taken following the increase in demand registered since we resumed scheduled air services to Libya on Nov. 28th. The service has become very popular and passenger figures are growing steadily. With the additional frequency we are planning to carry approximately 1,000 passengers every month to/from Tripoli." (Source: di-ve.com)
The French naval auxiliary vessel FS Dupuy de Lome (A 759) - a signals and communication intellligence ship - has sailed in Valletta Port (Grand Harbour) this afternoon, around 1310LT, on a one-day courtesy visit.
FS Dupuy de Lome is presently berthing alongside at Pinto-1 Wharf and she's scheduled to sail from Valletta Port this evening at 2200LT.
A passenger died on a Tunisair flight from Cairo this afternoon, shortly before landing at Malta International Airport. The flight (TAR814), headed for Tunis, had to be diverted to Malta due to the sick elderly passenger on board. However, the passenger passed away before landing. (Source: timesofmalta.com)
Passenger movements at Malta IAP in Nov. 2011 reached 204,503, i.e. the highest number ever registered in November. The marginal increase in passenger movements, when compared to the same month last year, is equivalent to an increase of 0.9%. Seat capacity in the same month was of 269,352, i.e. 8.8% less than in Nov. 2010.
In November, aircraft movements decreased by 10.4% over the corresponding period last year, whilst the average seat load factor registered a considerable increase of 7.2%, reaching 75.9% - up from the 68.7% registered in Nov. 2010. The maximum take-off weight went down by 8% reaching 143,201 tonnes, whilst cargo and mail was 8.2% lower than that recorded during the same month in 2010.
The German, French and U.K. markets grew in November, by 21.7%, 14.5% and 6.8% respectively, whereas Belgium appears in the top five markets for the first time, with a considerable increase of 9.8%. Italy was the only main market to register a drop, which when compared to the same month last year went down by 10.6%.
January-Novermber 2011: The results for the first eleven months of the year, in terms of passenger movements, therefore show an increase of 6.9% when compared to the same period last year, totalling 3,332,993 passenger movements. This positive result was mainly brought about by the increase in the average seat load factor of 5.2% which countered the decrease of 0.4% in the seat capacity when compared to those registered during the same period last year. (Source: maltairport.com)
Air France is planning to fly to 16 new destinations including Malta from a new base which it is to set up in Toulouse, airline officials said today. Other destinations will include Berlin, Prague, Vienna, Athens, Brussels, Geneva, Hamburg, Malaga, Seville, Naples, Venice, Istanbul, Tunis, Casablanca and Marrakesh. The airline will assign ten Airbus A320-series planes to Toulouse. Services will start in April 2012. (Source: timesofmalta.com)