Friday, June 28, 2013

TM/DCA: Malta Aircraft Register update

Transport Malta/Directorate of Civil Aviation published today the latest update of the Maltese Aircraft Register.

New addition/s:
  • 9H-VJE - Bombardier BD-700-1A10 Global 6000 (c/n. 9502), registered to VistaJet Ltd. (ex C-GOIM)
Cancellation/s: none

(Source: Transport Malta, 28-Jun-2013)

Ryanair to add routes and increases flights to/from Malta this winter

Ryanair will be adding Krakow, Liverpool and Milan to its winter schedule, Malta representative L. Fernandez-Mellado said this morning. He told a news conference that the routes were already on the airline’s summer schedule. In winter, Ryanair will go to and from Krakow once weekly, Liverpool twice a week and Milan five times a week.

The airline will also be adding one weekly flight to Bristol, Edinburgh and Luton bringing its flights to these destinations up to three, two and five respectively. Mr Fernandez-Mellado said Ryanair currently operated 30 routes in summer and, with the new additions, it will have 20 routes in winter. These new winter flights are expected to produce a 28% growth in capacity. (Source: timesofmalta.com, 28-Jun-2013)

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

First ever German Navy P-3 Orion for Malta Int'l Airshow 2013

After the German Navy had already confirmed its participation in this year's Airshow with a Dornier 228MR coming from Marinefliegergeschwader 3 based at Nordholz, the same squadron will also participate with its other aircraft type for Maritime Surveillance and anti submarine warfare the P-3C Orion. The squadron has eight of these aircraft.

With a German Navy P-3C to add to our list of participants the organising committee of The Malta International Airshow is overwhelmed, since this aircraft in German Navy insignia will be participating in the Malta Airshow for the first time. (Source: maltairshow, 26-Jun-2013)

Friday, June 21, 2013

French Navy FS Forbin in Valletta Port

The French Navy Forbin class (type Horizon) destroyer FS Forbin (D 620) has sailed into Valletta Port (the Grand Harbour) this morning on a courtesy visit.

The French naval destroyer - with an AS-565SA Panther helicopter on board, serial 506 - is presently berthing starboard alongside at Deep Water Quay 3/4, and she's expected to sail from the Grand Harbour on Monday, June 24, at 0900lt. (21-Jun-2013)

Monday, June 17, 2013

French Navy FS Thetis in Valletta Port

The French naval support vessel FS Thetis (A 785) has sailed into Valletta Port (the Grand Harbour) this morning on a courtesy visit.

FS Thetis is presently berthing alongside at Pinto-5 wharf, and she's scheduled to sail from the Grand Harbour on Thursday, June 20.

(17-Jun-2013)

Sunday, June 16, 2013

Foreign particpants for Exercise Canale arrive in Valletta Port

The following foreign participants have arrived today during the day to participate in 19th Italo-Maltese aero-naval exercise 'Canale', being held in Maltese territorial waters between June 17 and June 21:
  • Libyan Navy Shafaq (534) - a La Combattante IIG class patrol vessel  
  • Libyan Coast Guard Sadada (634) & Marsit (638) - a type PV30-LS patrol vessels
  • Royal Moroccan Navy Hassan II (612) - a Mohammad V (Floreal) class frigate
  • Algerian Navy Rais Kellich (902) - a Mourad Rais (Koni) class frigate
  • Italian Navy ITS Comandante Cigala Fulgosi (P 490) - a Comandanti class patrol vessel
  • Italian Carabineri Di Bonaventura (801) - 800 class patrol craft
  • Italian Coast Guard CP 289 - 200 class patrol craft
(16-Jun-2013)

German Navy FGS Hamburg in Valletta Port

The German Navy Sachsen class frigate FGS Hamburg (F 220) has sailed into Valletta Port (the Grand Harbour) this morning on a three-day courtesy visit.

FGS Hamburg is presently berthing alongside at Pinto-3 wharf, and she's expected to sail from the Grand Harbour on Wednesday, June 18, 0900lt

(16-Jun-2013)

Friday, June 14, 2013

Italo-Maltese aero-naval exercise Canale 2013 starts on Sunday

Canale 2013, the bilateral Italo-Maltese aero-naval exercise is being held in Malta between Sunday, June 16, and Friday, June 21. 

The exercise, which is now in its 19th edition, aims to promote co-operation and peace in the Mediterranean region, with particular emphasis on strengthening the cooperation between the ‘5+5 Initiative’ partners. Exercise training activities will focus on maritime Search-and-Rescue, Maritime Law Enforcement, Explosive Ordinance Disposal (operations and Recognised Maritime Picture.

Canale 2013 is organised jointly by Armed Forces of Malta (Training Branch) and the Italian Joint Operational Headquarters. It is coordinated by the AFM Maritime Squadron and involves naval and air units deriving from Mediterranean countries forming part of the 5 + 5 process. Algeria, France, Libya, Morocco and Tunisia have accepted the invitation to take part with surface/air assets or personnel.

(Source: timesofmalta.com, 14-Jun-2013)

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Russian Navy RFS Pechenga in Valletta Port

The Russian Navy Dubna class replenishment tanker RFS Pechenga has sailed into Valletta Port (the Grand Harbour) this morning on a courtesy visit.

The Russian tanker is presently berthing alongside at Pinto-5 wharf, and she's expected to sail from the Grand Harbour on Saturday, May 15, at 0900lt.

(12-Jun-2013)

Saturday, June 8, 2013

French Navy FS Lieutenant de Vaisseau Lavellee in Valletta Port

The French naval corvette FS Lieutenant de Vaisseau Lavellee (F 790) - a D'Estienne d'Orves class - has sailed into Valletta Port (the Grand Harbour) this morning on a courtesy visit.

FS  Lieutenant de Vaisseau Lavellee is presently berthing alongside at Pinto-3 wharf, and she's scheduled to sail from the Grand Harbour on Wednesday, June 12, at 0900lt.

(8-Jun-2013)

Thursday, June 6, 2013

TM/DCA: Malta Aircraft Register update

Transport Malta/Directorate of Civil Aviation published today the latest update of the Maltese Aircraft Register.

New addition/s: 
  • 9H-FMH - Piper PA-31-350 Chieftain (c/n. 31-7552075), registered to Fugro Malta Ltd. (ex PH-...)
  • 9H-WII - Cessna 650 Citation VII (c/n. 650-7090), registered to Luxwing Ltd. (ex D-CWII) 
Cancellation/s: none

(Source: Transport Malta, 6-Jun-2013)

French Navy FS Commandant Bouan in Valletta Port

The French naval corvette FS Commandant Bouan (F 797) - a D'Estienne d'Orves class - has sailed into Valletta Port (the Grand Harbour) this morning on a courtesy visit.

FS Commandant Bouan is presently berthing alongside at Pinto-5 wharf, and she's scheduled to sail from the Grand Harbour on Monday, June 10, at 0900lt.

(6-Jun-2013)

Royal Navy HMS Echo in Valletta Port

The U.K. Royal naval survery vessel HMS Echo (H 87) - an Echo class - has sailed into Valletta Port (the Grand Harbour) this morning on a courtesy visit.

HMS Echo is presently berthing alongside at Pinto-4 wharf, and she's expected to sail from the Grand Harbour on Tuesday, June 18, at 1700lt.

(6-Jun-2013)

M.I.A. plc releases traffic results for May 2013


Passenger movements at Malta IAP grew by 9.8% during May 2013 reaching 377,948 passengers – which is yet another record for the month under review. This increase is predominantly driven by the increase of 9.7% in seat capacity. 
Aircraft movements registered an increase of 8.3%. The average seat load factor remained flat, with an increase of 0.1% over the same month last year. The increase in aircraft movements resulted also in an increase in the Maximum Take-Off Weight (MTOW) of 9%, whilst cargo and mail registered a decrease of 13.7%.
Four of the five major markets registered growth during May 2013 when compared to the same month last year. The highest increase – 23% – was registered in the French market, followed by an increase of 14% in the Italian market, 3.5% in the Spanish market, and 1.9% from the U.K. The German market registered a decrease of 8.2%.

January – May 2013: Passenger traffic for the period between January and May 2013 registered an impressive increase of 9% over last year. Aircraft movements registered an increase of 5.3% when compared to the same period in 2012. Seat capacity was 7.2% more whilst the average seat load factor increased by 1.2%. In the same period, the MTOW increased by 6.3% whereas cargo and mail decreased by 3.2% over the same period in 2012. 

(Source: maltairport.com, 5-Jun-2013

Saturday, June 1, 2013

Two MCMVs from SNMCMG2 in Valletta Port

Two Mine Countermeasures Vessels (MCMVs) from the Standing NATO Mine Coutermeasure Group 2 (SNMGM2) have sailed in Valletta Port (the Grand Harbour) this morning on a courtesy visit. 

The MCMVs are the Tukish Navy TCG Edincik (M 260) - an Edicink (Circe) class minehunter - and the Italian Navy ITS Crotone (M 5558) - a Gaeta (Lerici II) class minehunter.

The two MCMVs are presently berthing alongside each other at Gun wharf, and they're expected to sail from the Grand Harbour on Tuesday, June 4, at 1000lt

(1-Jun-2013)