Sunday, March 30, 2014

British Airways launches its daily service between London-Gatwick and Malta IAP

British Airways returned to Malta International Airport today for the inaugural flight of its new daily service from London-Gatwick Airport. This first flight – operated with an Airbus A319-100, registration G-DBCG – touched down at Malta IAP around 2110lt and it was welcomed by a water arch by Malta IAP's fire engines on the taxiway leading to apron-9. (30-Mar-2014)

NIKI launches Vienna-Malta route

Austrian carrier NIKI launched today its new route between Vienna IAP and Malta IAP. This first flight – operated with an Embraer E190, registration OE-IHE – touched down at Malta IAP around 1305lt and it was welcomed by a water arch by Malta IAP's fire engines on the taxiway leading to apron-9. 

The Austrian airline will initially offer three weekly services between Vienna and Malta (on Sundays, Wednesdays and Fridays). The flight from Vienna IAP takes off at 1105lt arriving at Malta IAP at 1320lt, while the return flight from Malta IAP leaves at 1405lt and arrives at Vienna IAP 1620lt. (30-Mar-2014)

Friday, March 28, 2014

Air Malta to wet-lease two aircraft

Air Malta will be wet-leasing two 168-seater Boeing 737-400 aircraft next Sunday and Monday. The aircraft will join the airline’s fleet to operate seven return flights. These flights were scheduled to be operated by the airline's aircraft which are currently undergoing preventive maintenance.

P. Saunders, Air Malta’s Commercial Director, said: "Air Malta remains one of Europe's top airlines in terms of reliability. We strive to operate every scheduled flight and put passenger convenience first. This weekend is a busy bank holiday period and this decision underlines our commitment to passengers." (Source: maltatoday.com.mt, 28-Mar-2014)

Saturday, March 22, 2014

Air Malta flight to Milan-Linate affected twice due to technical fault

Air Malta flight KM-624 from Malta-Milan Linate (opw Airbus A320-200, 9H-AEN) which departed on schedule at 0755lt had to return back to base after a mere 20 minutes when the plane registered a technical fault with its navigation system. 

After being serviced by the airline’s engineers, the aircraft departed again at 1020lt but returned back again as a precautionary measure since the technical issue was reported again. In both occasion, the aircraft landed normally back in Malta. At no point was the safety of the passengers compromised. (Source: Air Malta, flightradar24.com; maltatoday.com.mt, 21-Mar-2014)

Friday, March 21, 2014

Air Malta flight to Tripoli cancelled after Libya closes airport

Air Malta cancelled its flight to Tripoli this afternoon after Libyan authorities closed the airport because rockets hit a runway earlier in the morning. The flight had to leave Malta at 1700lt. An Air Malta's spokesman said the company was told by the Libyan authorities that the airport was closed for operational reasons. (Source: Air Malta & timesofmalta.com, 21-Mar-2014)

Air France B77W diverts to Malta IAP due to medical emergency

An Air France Boeing B777-300ER (F-GSQR), performing flight AF-643 from St Denis (Réunion) to to Paris-Orly (France), had to divert to Malta International Airport around 0425lt due to a medical emergency on board. The aircraft continued with its flight to France after nearly one-hour 45-mins on the ground (21-Mar-2014)

Thursday, March 20, 2014

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: none

Cancellation/s: 
  • 9H-EFS - Tecnam P2002JF (c/n. 210), registered to GS Wings SpA (Italy)
(Source: Transport Malta, 20-Mar-2014)

French Navy FS Var in Valletta Port

The French Navy Durance class replenishment ship FS Var (A 608) has sailed into Valletta Port (the Grand Harbour) this morning on an informal visit.

The French auxiliary is presently berthing alongside at Pinto-1 wharf, and she's expected to sail from Malta on Monday, March 24. (20-Mar-2014)

Italian Navy ITS Sfinge in Valletta Port

The Italian Navy Minerva class corvette ITS Sfinge (F 554) has sailed into Valletta Port (the Grand Harbour) this morning on a courtesy visit.

The Italian corvette is presently berthing alongside at Pinto-4 wharf, and she's expected to sail from the Grand Harbour on Sunday, March 23. (20-Mar-2014)

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Emirates to double its services to Malta from August 2014

Emirates has announced that it will serve Malta with a second daily flight from August 1, 2014. This news follows the pre-entry visa exemption applicable to Maltese citizens visiting U.A.E. from March 22, 2014.

Emirates' Airbus A330-200 aircraft will be flying on a daily scheduled flight between Dubai and Malta via Larnaca, Cyprus, and on a second daily scheduled non-stop flight on Airbus A340-500 from Dubai to Malta, with the return trip flying via Tripoli.

Altogether the two aircrafts will add capacity of 917 seats a week in each direction and an additional 90 tonnes of cargo capacity per week in each direction. Maltese travellers will be able to enjoy once again daily access to Larnaca, Cyprus, which currently is operating on a four times weekly basis.

Emirates said that due to the growing demand by travellers from Tripoli, a second daily service will also commence from August 2, 2014, less than a year after the re-introduction of the Tripoli route via Malta last September. (Source: gozonews.com, 17-Mar-2014)

Saturday, March 15, 2014

French Navy FS Alizé in Valletta Port

The French Navy diving support tender FS Alizé (A 645) has sailed into Valletta Port (the Grand Harbour) this morning on an informal visit.

The French auxiliary is presently berthing alongside at Pinto-4 wharf, and she's expected to sail from Malta on Tuesday, March 18. (15-Mar-2014)

Air Malta to restart flying to Venice’s Marco Polo airport from June 2

Air Malta will start flying to Venice's Marco Polo Airport three times a week as from June 2. The flights will be on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Air Malta's country manager for Italy E. Caruana said that the airline's decision to start operations from/to Venice Marco Polo Airport with a thrice-weekly frequency demonstrated its continued commitment towards the Maltese and Italian markets. (Source: timesofmalta.com, 15-Mar-2014)

Armed Forces of Malta confirms participation at 2014 Malta International Airshow

The Armed Forces of Malta confirmed participation by a number of their assets for the Malta International Airshow 2014. The new addition to the Air Wing's capabilities will be the brand new AW-139 helicopter which is expected to join AFM before the airshow date. Malta Aviation Society will try hard to have the AW-139 as one of the prime participants at this year's airshow in the static display. (Source: maltairshow.com, 14-Mar-2014)

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

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-MAL - Bombardier CL-600-2B16 Challenger 604 (c/n. 5508), registered to Avcon Jet Malta Ltd. (ex LZ-YUN)
  • 9H-ICS - Bombardier CL-600-2B16 Challenger 605 (c/n. 5847), registered to Oasis Flight Malta Ltd. (ex VP-CSI)
  • 9H-BVJ - Bombardier CL-600-2B19 Challenger 850 (c/n. 8071), registered to Blue Square Aviation Group Malta Ltd. (ex VP-BVJ)
  • 9H-STM - Bombardier BD-700-1A10 Global Express (c/n. 9086), registered to Hyperion Aviation Ltd. (ex M-MMAA)
Cancellation/s: 
  • 9H-CYL - Cessna T303 Crusader (c/n. T303-00005), registered to Oasis Flight Malta Ltd.
(Source: Transport Malta, 11-Mar-2014)

Friday, March 7, 2014

German Navy FGS Alster in Valletta Port

The German Navy Oste class intelligence vessel FGS Alster (A 50) has sailed into Valletta Port (the Grand Harbour) this morning on a courtesy visit. 

FGS Alster is presently berthing alongside at Pinto-4 wharf, and she's expected to sail from the Grand Harbour on Monday, March 10. (7-Mar-2014)

Thursday, March 6, 2014

M.I.A. plc releases 2013 financial results

Malta International Airport plc Group’s total comprehensive income for the year, net of tax, increased from €12.46 million to a record €14.47 million, signalling an increase of 16.1% over the previous year.

The Revenue of the Group increased by €6 million from €52.8 million to €58.8 million. The Airport Segment increased by €3 million from €38.3 million to €41.3 million. This was largely driven by the 10.5% increase in passenger traffic. The Retail and Property Segment also increased by another €3 million from €14.1 million to €17.1 million.   This was the result of both the increase in retail and food and beverage sales to a larger number of passengers from the previous year as well as the introduction of new rental income from SkyParks Business Centre. 

The Earnings before Interest, Taxation Depreciation and Amortization (EBITDA) of the Group increased by 15.8%; from €25.80 million to €29.89 million. There was also an increase in profit before tax.  Profit increased from €19.46 million to €22.67 million, an increase of 16.5%.

The exceptionally good results of the Group were driven by and large by the unexpected large increase in volume of traffic during 2013. The financial results of the Group were higher still by adhering to strict cost control throughout the year for the whole Group, with special emphasis on the operating costs.

In so far as the Group operating costs are concerned, therewere higher than those of 2012 by 7.9%, from €18.9 million to €20.4 million. The increase is a result of an increase of €0.5 million in marketing costs, which increased from €2.8 million to €3.3 million and an increase in the ground rent lease charge of €0.7 million. There were also marginal increases in other operational costs such as staff costs, utility costs and PRM charges. (Source: maltairport, 5-Mar-2014)

M.I.A. plc releases traffic results for February 2014

Malta International Airport this year registered the best ever figures for February when it welcomed a total of 193,225 passengers. This figure is an increase of 9.3% from last year, breaking all previous records for such period. 

February's figures were due to an added capacity of 7% and a consistent seat load factor, which went up by 1.5% to reach overall 72.5% for the month.

Traffic from the U.K. grew consistently by 7.6%, mirroring previous month's results. Italy once again remains the second biggest market registering the highest growth, for the month, of 17.4% proving the popularity of the Northern routes.

Meanwhile, aircraft movements for the month increased by 7.8%. This was reflected in the increase of 7% in seat capacity which reached 266,678, when compared to the corresponding period of the previous year. 

Seat Load Factor registered an increase of 1.5%, while the maximum take-off weight increased by 6.9% when compared to 2013 figures. Cargo and mail registered a decline of 5.3% over the previous year. (Source: maltairport.com, 5-Mar-2014)

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Air Baltic to resume Riga-Malta-Riga flights on April 6

Air Baltic is on April 6 resuming with twice weekly services between Riga and Malta. The airline said it will offer convenient travel between the airports of Malta and Riga and beyond to destinations in the Baltics, Scandinavia, Russia, and the CIS. (Source: timesofmalta.com, 4-Mar-2014)

Monday, March 3, 2014

RAF Tucano Display Team confirms participation at 2014 Malta International Airshow

The Royal Air Force Tucano Display Team 2014 will honour the Maltese islands with its flying display in this year's edition of the Malta International Airshow. for the RAF Tucano display 2014 the Malta International Airshow will be the only display outside the United Kingdom.  As in the past years the team comes from 72(R) Squadron, based at RAF Linton-on-Ouse.

This year’s scheme is designed to commemorate the World War One Centenary by incorporating a poppy theme – the universal symbol of remembrance. The team has also added the words ‘Lest We Forget’ on both the bottom of the aircraft and the sides of the fuselage. The display sequence is still being finalized at this time of the year. The display pilot is Flight Lieutenant Dave Kirby. (Source: maltairshow, 3-Mar-2014)