Ryanair is to introduce new routes linking Malta to Liverpool, Gotenburg and Milan/Bergamo, Deputy Chief Executive M. Cawley said this evening. Ryanair will operate daily flights to Milan/Bergamo, twice weekly to Gotenburg and three times a week to Liverpool from the end of March. The service to Liverpool will operate all the year round.
Ryanair is currently operating 36 weekly flights from Malta on its winter schedule after having operated 75 at the height of summer. Its current destinations include Madrid (Spain), six destinations in the U.K., six to Italy, one to Ireland (Dublin), one to Sweden (Stockholm-Skavsta), one to France (Marseille) and one to the Netherlands (Eindhoven). (Source: timesofmalta.com)
The Russian Federation naval auxiliary vessel RFS Ivan Bubnov - a Boris Chilikin class (Project 1559/1593) replenishment tanker - has sailed into Valletta Port (Grand Harbour) this morning on a four-day courtesy visit.
The Russian tanker is presently berthing alongside at Pinto-4/5 Wharf, and she's expected to sail from Malta on Monday, December 17th, 1630LT.
The German naval corvette FGS Magdeburg (F 261) - Braunschweig class (Type K130) - has sailed into Valletta Port (the Grand Harbour) on a two-day courtesy visit. The German corvette is presently berthing alongside at Pinto-3 Wharf, and she's expected to sail from Malta tomorrow, December 9th, at 2355LT.
Air Malta has today resumed normal scheduled operations to Catania's Fontanarossa airport after infrastructural works on the city's airport runway were finalised. Due to the closure of this airport and the limited capacity at Sigonella airport, which was used as an alternative airport, Air Malta was forced to transfer its operations to Sigonella and cancel some services on certain dates.
Air Malta flies to Catania on a daily basis whilst offering its passengers the possibility of a day trip to the city on Mondays and Saturdays. Air Malta reminds its customers that check-in times have now also been reversed to the standard timings. Check-in in Malta and Catania will open two hours before departure and will close thirty minutes prior the scheduled time of departure. (Source: Air Malta)
Passenger movements at Malta International Airport in November reached 211,538 i.e. the highest number ever registered in November. The increase in passenger movements, when compared to the same month last year, is equivalent to an increase of 3.4%. Seat capacity in the same month was of 276,157, i.e. 2.5% more than in November 2011.
In November, aircraft movements increased by 1.6% over the corresponding period last year, whilst the average seat load factor remained constant with a slight increase of 0.7%, reaching 76.6%. The maximum take-off weight increased by 2.8% reaching 147,193 tonnes, whilst cargo and mail was 4.8% higher than that recorded during the same month in 2011.
In the same month, the French market registered considerable growth with an increase of 43.4%, whereas the Italian market also grew significantly with a 13.1% increase. The German market remained static with a negligible increase of 0.4%. On the other hand, the U.K. market registered a decrease of 1.5%. The Belgian market once again appears in the top five markets for the month of November, although it registered a decrease of 2.7% over the same period last year.
January – November 2012: The results for the first eleven months of the year, in terms of passenger movements, therefore show an increase of 3.7% when compared to the same period last year, totalling 3,457,083 passenger movements. This positive result was once again mainly due to the increase in the average seat load factor of 2.3% with an increase of 0.6% in the seat capacity when compared to those registered during the same period last year.
The Armed Forces of Malta today hosted an official inauguration ceremony by the Hon. Prime Minister Dr L. Gonzi at Air Wing base. After inspecting the Honour Guard, Brigadier M. G. Xuereb highlighted the fact that without close cooperation of other Government Ministries and the European Union such a modern project would not have materialised. PM Gonzi unveiled a commemorative plaque marking the official opening of Hangar 4. The ceremony ended with blessing of the plaque by AFM Chaplain Fr J. Meli.
The AFM hangar project was funded through the General Programme Solidarity and Management of Migration Flows 2007-2013 with a co-financing rate of 75% EU funds and 25 % National Funds. (Source: Armed Forces of Malta)