Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Spanish Navy ESPS Canarias calls at Valletta Port

The Spanish Navy Santa Maria-class frigate ESPS Canarias (F 86) has sailed into Valletta Port (the Grand Harbour) this afternoon on a courtesy visit.

The Spanish frigate is presently berthing alongside at Boiler wharf (to shift to Pinto-4 wharf tomorrow), and she's expected to sail from the Grand Harbour in the coming days. (29-Dec-2015)

Monday, December 28, 2015

German Navy FGS Weilheim calls at Valletta Port

The German Navy Frankenthal-class (type 332) mine countermeasure vessel FGS Weilheim (M 1059) has sailed into Valletta Port (the Grand Harbour) this afternoon on a courtesy visit. This is her third visit in Valletta Port this year.

The German MCMV is presently berthing alongside at Gun wharf, and she's scheduled to sail from Malta in the coming days. (28-Dec-2015)

Thursday, December 24, 2015

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-VJQ - Bombardier Global 6000 (c/n. 9691), registered to VistaJet Ltd. (ex C-FGVS)
Cancellation/s: none

(Source: Transport Malta, 22-Dec-2015)

Friday, December 18, 2015

Italian Coast Guard Luigi Dattilo calls at Valletta Port

The Italian Coast Guard Luigi Dattilo-class multi-purpose patrol vessel Luigi Dattilo (CP 940) has sailed into Valletta Port (the Grand Harbour) this morning on a courtesy visit. This is her second visit in Valletta Port this year.

The Italian patrol vessel is presently berthing alongside at Pinto-2 wharf, and she's expected to sail from the Malta in the coming days. (18-Dec-2015)

Malta IAP welcomes 4.5 millionth passenger after unprecedented 4-year growth

Malta International Airport today welcomed its 4,500,000th passenger this year, marking another milestone in the airport’s history, as annual traffic keeps growing to unprecedented levels. Annual traffic is now one million passengers more than it was in 2011, a growth of more than 25%, with traffic of the last four years having risen greater than passenger movements of the previous 10 years combined. (Source: maltairport.com, 17-Dec-2015)

Monday, December 14, 2015

Air Malta's flight from Amsterdam diverts to Rome-Fiumicino

An Air Malta Airbus A319-100 (9H-AEH), performing flight KM-395 from Amsterdam-Schiphol (the Netherlands) to Malta IAP, had to divert to Rome-Fiumicino (Italy) this afternoon, as a precautionary measure, due to some technical problems. 

Since no spare parts were available in Rome, Air Malta's flight KM-476 between Malta IAP and Paris-Orly (France), opw Airbus A320-200 '9H-AEP', had to be diverted to Rome to drop off spare parts and two technicians. 

After repairs were carried out on 9H-AEH, the aircraft departed again and reached Malta IAP with a delay of six hours. (13-Dec-2013)

Friday, December 11, 2015

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-IRI - Cessna 560XLS Citation Excel (c/n. 560-5723), registered to Personal Air Transport Ltd. (ex OK-IRI)
  • 9H-GVG - Bombardier Global 6000 (c/n. 9470), registered to Elit'Avia Malta Ltd. (ex OY-GVG)
Cancellation/s: none

(Source: Transport Malta, 11-Dec-2015)

Thursday, December 10, 2015

French Navy FS Dupuy de Lome calls at Valletta Port

The French Navy signals intelligance vessel FS Dupuy de Lome (A 759) has sailed into Valletta Port (the Grand Harbour) this morning on an informal visit.

The French auxiliary is presently berthing alongside at Pinto-2 wharf, and she's scheduled to sail from Malta in the coming days. (10-Dec-2015)

Turkish Airlines A332 diverts to Malta IAP due to a medical emergency

Turkish Airlines Airbus A330-200 (TC-JIV), performing flight TK-589 from Liberville (Gabon) to Istantbul-Ataturk IAP (Turkey), had to divert to Malta International Airport this morning due to a medical emergency onboard. The aircraft continued with its flight to Istanbul after a two-hour technical stop. (10-Dec-2013)

German Navy FGS Berlin calls at Valletta Port

The German Navy Berlin-class multi-product replenishment tanker FGS Berlin (A 1411) has sailed into Valletta Port (the Grand Harbour) early this morning on a courtesy visit.

The German auxiliary is presently berthing alongside at Pinto-1 wharf, and she's scheduled to sail from the Grand Harbour in the coming days. (10-Dec-2015)

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-ILY - Bombardier Challenger 850 (c/n. 8076), registered to VistaJet Ltd. (ex OE-ILY)
  • 9H-VCK - Bombardier Challenger 350 (c/n. 20592), registered to VistaJet Ltd.
Cancellation/s: none

(Source: Transport Malta, 3-Dec-2015)

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

M.I.A. plc releases traffic results for November 2015

Passenger figures this November have continued the upward trend which has characterized this year’s overall performance, increasing by 10.6% over the same period last year and equivalent to an additional 27,250 passenger movements. 

Seat capacity grew by 9.4% due to greater route frequency, while the number of occupied seats on flights also increased from 80% to 81.3%. 

The top five destinations last month saw one major shift in which Turkey displaced Switzerland after achieving an impressive 63.4% rise in passengers due to increased flights to Istanbul. 

This November two of the airport’s top five markets saw a slight dip in traffic numbers with France and Germany dropping by -3.6% and -0.2% respectively. The rest outperformed the same period last year, with Italy registering an 18% increase in passengers and the U.K. market increasing by 1.9%. Spain also bolstered its traffic figures by more than double as a result of new operations to and from Barcelona this winter. 

In November the maximum take-off weight (MTOW) increased by 12.5%, and Cargo and Mail marked an increase of 11.5%, reaching 1,476 tonnes.
 
Overall traffic figures (Jan-Nov) show that over 300,000 more journeys started and ended at our airport this year. Passenger movements have risen by 7.6%, aircraft movements by 6.4%, cargo and mail by 3.4%, and seat capacity has expanded by 5.6%. (Source: maltairport.com, 8-Dec-2015)   

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Royal Navy HMS Scott calls at Valletta Port

The Royal Navy survey vessels HMS Scott (H 131) has sailed into Valletta Port (Grand Harbour) this morning on a courtesy visit.

The British survey vessel is presently berthing alongside at Pinto-3 wharf, and she's expected to sail from Malta on Sunday, Dec. 13th. (8-Dec-2015)

Sunday, December 6, 2015

Spanish Navy ESPS Sella calls at Valletta Port

The Spanish Navy Segura-class mine countermeasure vessel ESPS Sella (M 32) has sailed into Valletta Port (the Grand Harbour) this morning on a courtesy visit.

The Spanish MCMV is presently berthing alongside at Pinto-1 wharf, and she's expected to sail on Tuesday, Dec. 8th. (6-Dec-2015)

Friday, December 4, 2015

Royal Navy HMS Atherstone calls at Valletta Port

The Royal Navy Hunt-class mine coutermeasure vessels HMS Atherstone (M 38) has sailed into Valletta Port (Grand Harbour) this morning on a courtesy visit.

The British MCMV is presently berthing alongside at Pinto-3 wharf, and she's expected to sail from Malta on Sunday, Dec. 6th. (4-Dec-2015)

Italian Navy ITS Giuliano Prini calls at Valletta Port

The Italian Navy Sauro III-class submarine ITS Giuliano Prini (S 523) has sailed into Valletta Port (the Grand Harbour) this morning on a courtesy visit.

The Italian submarine is presently berthing alongside at Pinto-5 wharf, and she's expected to sail from Malta on Wednesday, Dec. 9th. (4-Dec-2015)

Thursday, December 3, 2015

French Navy FS Forbin calls at 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 destroyer is presently berthing starboard alongside at Pinto-1 wharf, and she's expected to sail from the Grand Harbour on Sunday, Dec. 6th. (3-Dec-2015)

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-AGG - ATR 72-212A (c/n. 766), registered to Teide Leasing Ltd.
  • 9H-AGH - ATR 72-212A (c/n. 770), registered to Teide Leasing Ltd.
  • 9H-CMA - Bombardier Global 5000 (c/n. 9632), registered to Albinati Aviation Ltd. (ex C-FGWF)
  • 9H-GVA - Bombardier Global 5000 (c/n. 9458), registered to Elit'Avia Malta Ltd. (ex OY-GVI)
  • 9H-LXX - Bombardier Global Express XRS (c/n. 9429), registered to Vistajet Ltd. (ex OE-LXX)
  • 9H-VLA - Boeing B737-400 (c/n. 27003/2328), registered to Aerotron Ireland Ltd., Ireland
Cancellation/s: 
  • 9H-COL - Bombardier Global Express XRS (c/n. 9234), registered to Comlux Malta Ltd. (rrg N989SF)
(Source: Transport Malta, 27-Nov-2015)

Monday, November 30, 2015

Royal Navy HMS Somerset calls at Valletta Port

The Royal Navy Duke-class frigate HMS Somerset (F 82) has sailed into Valletta Port (Grand Harbour) this afternnon on a courtesy visit. This is her second visit in Valletta Port this year.

The British frigate - with a Merlin HM.2 helicopter on board, serial ZH841 - is presently berthing alongside at Pinto-3 wharf, and she's expected to sail from Malta on Wednesday, Dec. 4th. (30-Nov-2015)

Saturday, November 28, 2015

AFM's 'new' offshore patrol vessel reaches Malta

AFM's 'new' offshore-patrol vessel P62 has arrived at the AFM's maritime base at Hay wharf early this morning under the command of Maj J. Grixti. 

P62, formerly LE Aoife (P 22) with the Irish Naval Service, was donated to Armed Forces of Malta by the Irish Government. She left from Cork, Ireland, on Nov. 28th after undergoing maintenance works by the Irish Army and the Armed Forces of Malta.

Sunday, November 22, 2015

Royal Navy HMS Bulwark calls at Valletta Port

The Royal Navy Albion-class amphibious transport dock HMS Bulwark (L 15) has sailed into Valletta Port (the Grand Harbour) this morning on a courtesy visit. This is her third visit in Valletta Port this year.

The British LPD is presently berthing alongside at Pinto-4/5 wharf and she's expected to sail from Malta on November 30th. (22-Nov-2015)

Saturday, November 21, 2015

Irish Naval Service LE Samuel Beckett calls at Valletta Port

The Irish Naval Service Samuel Beckett-class offshore-patrol vessel LE Samuel Beckett (P 61) has sailed into Valletta Port (the Grand Harbour) this morning on a courtesy visit. This is her fourth visit in Valletta Port this year.

The Irish OPV is presently berthing alongside at Pinto-3 wharf and she's expected to sail from Malta in the coming days after a short stay. (21-Nov-2015)

Thursday, November 19, 2015

CSA Czech Airlines to operate Prague-Malta route next summer

CSA Czech Airlines in summer 2016 season plans to introduce additional new routes from Prague, including amongst is the new route to Malta. The Prague-Malta-Prague will commence on Jun. 11th with one weekly flight, on Saturdays, up to Sep. 24th. A second weekly route will be introduced on Tuesdays between Jun. 28th and Aug. 30th. (Source: airlineroute.net, 18-Nov-2015)

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

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-ALF - Bombardier Challenger 605 (c/n. 5759), registered to Oasis Flight Malta Ltd.
  • 9H-VLA - Boeing B737-400 (c/n. 27003/2328), registered to Valorfly Ltd.
(Source: Transport Malta, 16-Nov-2015)

Friday, November 13, 2015

IBERIA Express adds Madrid-Malta service in summer 2016

Iberia Express, Iberia's low-cost subsidiary, in summer 2016 season plans to offer flights on Madrid-Malta route. The Madrid-Malta-Madrid will commence on Jun. 18th with three weekly flights (on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays) up to Sep. 17th (Source: airlineroute.net, 13-Nov-2015)

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Icelandic Coast Guard ICGV Tyr calls at Valletta Port

The Icelandic Coast Guard Aegir-class offshore-patrol vessel ICGV Tyr has sailed into Valletta Port this afternoon on a courtesy visit. This is her ninth visit in the Grand Harbour this year. 

The Icelandic OPV is presently berthing alongside at Pinto-1 wharf, and she's expected to sail from Malta in the coming days (12-Nov-2015)

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

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-KAS - Bombardier Challenger 650 (c/n. 5856), registered to Avcon Jet Malta Ltd. (ex VP-BKA)
Cancellation/s: none

(Source: Transport Malta, 6-Nov-2015)

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

French Navy FS Cmdt. Bouan calls at Valletta Port

The French Navy D'Estienne d'Orves-class corvette FS Commandant Bouan (F 797) sailed into Valletta Port (the Grand Harbour) this morning on a courtesy visit. This is her second port-call in Valletta Port this year.

The French corvette is presently berthing alongside at Pinto-3 wharf and she's expected to sail from Malta in the coming days. (10-Nov-2015)

Friday, November 6, 2015

M.I.A. plc releases traffic results for October 2015

Autumn at Malta IAP began on a positive note this year with passenger numbers comparable to those typically experienced during the early summer months. Passenger movements this October showed the greatest increase of any month in 2015 so far, with a 10.2% growth over October 2014. 

In total, 464,557 passengers passed through the airport, representing a net gain of 42,834, over October last year. The rise in traffic has moved in line with seat capacity growth of 11.4% last month.

The airport also saw its four millionth passenger last month, a considerable shift forward from last year when passenger figures hit this same milestone on the Nov. 21st, a full month later. 
 
With the exception of Germany which underwent a dip of 7.3%, all of the airport’s top ten performing countries last month exceeded their passenger numbers over the previous year. France demonstrated a modest increase of 1.4%, while Turkey shot ahead, almost doubling its numbers from 6,705 to 12,949 passengers this October. 

Additional flights to the Netherlands also led passenger figures to grow by an impressive 40.4%. Other high-performing countries include Austria and Sweden which increased by 20.8% and 29%, as well as Switzerland which saw a 29% boost due to the entry of a new carrier into the Swiss market. 

The top two destinations remained the U.K. and Italy which grew by 9.6% and 10.1% respectively and constituted a combined total of 18,626 additional passengers last month.
 
In October, cargo increased by 3.6% which constituted an additional 52 tonnes. This means the airport carried the equivalent of 2,300 filled suitcases in additional cargo when compared to the figures registered last year. (Source: maltairport.com, 5-Nov-2015)

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-WLD - Dassault Falcon 900 (c/n. 62), registered to Valair Aviacao Lda, Portugal
(Source: Transport Malta, 3-Nov-2015)

Thursday, November 5, 2015

Air Malta plane makes precautionary landing after bird strike

An Air Malta aircraft made a precautionary landing after a bird strike as it took-off for Duesseldorf (KM-352) yesterday. 

A passenger who was on board the plane said the plane levelled out soon after take-off and the pilot informed those on board that it had been decided to return to Malta as a precautionary measure because of a bird strike. The plane circled the island and then landed safely. 

"The crew on board was working perfectly and professionally," the passenger said. He described the landing as 'perfect' and said the plane immediately headed to the maintenance area where it was examined by engineers. 

They found evidence of a bird strike and remains of the bird were also found on the runway. The plane itself was ready for flight after about an hour. One passenger refused to fly again and was taken to the terminal building. (Source: timesofmalta.com, 5-Nov-2015)

easyJet to fly Malta-Geneva service next summer

easyJet is to fly a new route between Malta and Geneva from the coming summer. The new summer service commences on Mar. 29th. Flights will operate twice weekly on Tuesdays and Saturdays with fares starting from €31.49 one way per person. A. Gayward, UK commercial manager for easyJet, commented: "I am really pleased that we are adding another destination to our network from Malta. We will now operate to six destinations from Malta and have come a long way since the launch of our first flight to Malta back in March 2008. (Source: timesofmalta.com, 4-Nov-2015)

Monday, November 2, 2015

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-VTA - Bombardier Global 5000 (c/n. 9565), registered to VistaJet Ltd. (rrg as 'N503VJ')
(Source: Transport Malta, 29-Oct-2015)

Sunday, November 1, 2015

easyJet A319 diverts to Malta IAP due to bad weather at Catania

An easyJet Airbus A319-100 (G-DBCE), performing flight BA-2694 from London-Gatwick (U.K.) to Catania-Fontanarossa (Sicily), had to divert to Malta International Airport this morning (around 1140lt) due to a bad weather at Catania airport. The aircraft continued with its flight to Catania after a two-hour tech-stop at Malta IAP. (1-Nov-2015)

Friday, October 30, 2015

Royal Navy HMS Enterprise calls at Valletta Port

The Royal Navy Echo-class survery vessel HMS Enterprise (H 88) sailed into Valletta Port (the Grand Harbour) this morning on a courtesy visit. This is her fourth visit in Valletta Port this year.

The British survey vessel is presently berthing at Palumbo SY (in Dock-5, French creek), and she's expected to sail from Malta in the coming days. (30-Oct-2015)

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

AFM signs contract for third Maritime Patrol Aircraft

The Armed Forces of Malta (AFM) signed a contract for the provision of the third Maritime Patrol Aircraft funded by the E.U. 2014-2020 Internal Security Funds. The contract was signed in the presence of Aerodata President and CEO H. J. Stahl, Commander of the Armed Forces of Malta Brig J. Curmi and other high ranking members of the AFM.

This aircraft will join the two King Air B200 fleet already in the AFM’s possession and will come complete with integrated systems and a service support package strengthening the current fixed wing fleet’s role of protecting the southern external borders of the E.U. 


The specialised mission system equipment integrates a belly mounted radar, a Forward Looking Infrared (FLIR) system, SAR direction finder and a number of other sensors and communication equipment including satellite communication and data transmission.

The aircraft will be modified at the Aerodata’s facilities at Braunschweig airport in Germany. The third King Air B200 aircraft is expected to be delivered in 2017. (Source: Armed Forces of Malta, 

Sunday, October 25, 2015

Ryanair launches new route between Rome-Ciampino and Malta IAP

Ryanair has launched its new route between Rome-Ciampino and Malta IAP this afternoon. The first scheduled flight, operated with Boeing B737-800 (EI-ESM), landed at Malta IAP around 1440lt. It re-departed to Ciampino after a quick turn. Ryanair will be operating six-weekly flights the two airports this winter (no flights on Wednesdays). (25-Oct-2015)

Friday, October 23, 2015

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-ILV - Bombardier Challenger 850 (c/n. 8082), registered to VistaJet Ltd. (ex OE-ILV)
  • 9H-ILZ - Bombardier Challenger 850 (c/n. 8086), registered to VistaJet Ltd. (ex 9H-ILZ)
Cancellation/s:
  • 9H-IKO - Gulfstream G650 (c/n. 018), registered to Emperor Aviation Ltd. (re-registered as 'M-YNNS')
(Source: Transport Malta, 22-Oct-2015)

Thursday, October 22, 2015

KLM and Air Malta inaugurate code-share agreement

KLM and Air Malta have inaugurated their code-share agreement today. The code-share, which started this summer, saw KLM placing its code and flight numbers on flights operated by Air Malta between Malta and Amsterdam. This agreement has enabled KLM to offer its customers daily services between Amsterdam and Malta. Air Malta’s flights to/from Amsterdam’s Schiphol airport connect with KLM’s extensive global network. Customers of both airlines are benefitting from new services, such as through check-in for passengers with connections. (Source: Air Malta, 21-Oct-2015)

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

M.C.M. Group opens second hangar at Malta IAP

On Oct. 15th M.C.M.'s new hangar in Malta opened its doors for the first aircraft, scheduled for maintenance works. In the light of increased aviation traffic and demand for hangar space and aircraft maintenance services M.C.M. Group invested in an additional 2,400 square meter hangar, adjusted to its existing Maintenance facility at Malta IAP, allowing work to be completed simultaneously on three of the Bombardier Global Series and the New Bombardier C-Series . 

The opening of the new hangar marks the end of the first phase of the expansion project that the M.C.M. initiated in 2014. In the coming months the Group is looking forward to the finishing works of the 630 square meters customer service centre, 2280 square meters, workshops, offices and the state of the art training facility adjusted to the hangar. With the completion of this project M.C.M. Group will offer a truly one-stop shop for all your aviation needs from its Maintenance facility at Malta IAP. (Source: M.C.M. Group, 19-Oct-2015)

Friday, October 16, 2015

Air Malta records €16.4 million loss

Audited figures announced during today’s Air Malta AGM show that the airline posted a loss of €16.4 million for the year ending March 2015 and is set to reduce its losses to €4 million by 2016.Now in its fifth year of the European Commission's restructuring plan, the company was supposed to break even and return to profitability by next year. 

But an optimistic chairperson Ms M. Micallef said that in its final year of the European Commission's restructuring plan, the company kept its losses down to €16.4 million despite the closure of the Libya route and a drastic drop in passengers from Russia following the Ukrainian crisis. The losses from the Libyan and Russian markets amount to some €10 million but this has been offset by savings in other areas, including fuel costs. 

Results for the first six months of the current financial year show that the company has increased its profits by €8.7 million when compared to the same period of the previous year. If these results are maintained the airline is in line to reduce its losses to €4 million.

Noting the company's "economies of scale disadvantage" she said a strategic alliance would "change all this" adding that Air Malta has the potential to become part of a wider network with the clout to command prices. "Such an alliance would feed our network and ensure the much required increase in passengers and revenue," she said. (Source: maltatoday.com, 15-Oct-2015)

Thursday, October 15, 2015

Ryanair to operate nine new routes to and from Malta next summer

Ryanair will be operating nine new routes to and from Malta next summer, bringing its total of destinations from the island to 36 – two more than Air Malta. The airline said this was being done through an investment of $100 million. The new routes are Baden, Berlin, Cologne and Dusseldorf in Germany, Gdansk and Poznan in Poland, Manchester, Rome and Budapest. The airline is also increasing the frequency of its flights to Birmingham to three times weekly, Edinburgh to five weekly and London to daily. Ryanair would have an additional aircraft based here, bringing the total to three. (Source: timesofmalta.com, 14-Oct-2015)

Friday, October 9, 2015

M.I.A. plc releases traffic results for September 2015

September was the third month in a row this year to have seen more than 500,000 passengers passing through Malta IAP, creating a three-month record streak that had never been seen before. For the first time ever, more than 1.6 million passengers travelled through the airport in just three months: July, August and September. 

With a total of 502,823 passengers travelling through the airport last month, this marks an 8.6% rise over the number of passengers at Malta IAP when compared to September 2014. The average seat load factor for the month, which measures the number of filled seats on every flight, rose marginally to 85.8% last month. The increase in passengers for September is relative to the 8.5% rise in seat capacity over last year. Aircraft movements also registered a 10.8% growth, which is mostly attributed to the new seat capacity secured this year with the addition of new airlines operating to and from Malta.

The top 5 markets remain the U.K., Italy, Germany, France and Spain. Significant growth was registered on British and Italian routes with an increase of 7.4% and 12.9% respectively. German passengers recorded a drop of 4.4% due to fewer aircraft movements to Frankfurt and Munich while the French market marked a marginal decrease of 1.5%. Traffic to and from Spain was reduced by 10% due to a reduction in seats on the Barcelona and Gerona routes.

Outside of the top five markets, other destinations are registering noteworthy growth – traffic to and from Turkey has more than doubled over September 2014, while new traffic from Switzerland and Poland have generated 26% and 33% growth respectively.

Up until the Sep. 30th, Malta International Airport hosted 3,623,663 passengers - a growth of 7% over last year. Aircraft movements grew by 5.7% while seat capacity increased by 4.7%. The seat load factor also rose to 81.3% compared to 79.6% last year.

In September the maximum take-off weight (MTOW) increased by 8.9%, and cargo and mail increased by 1.5%. (Source: maltairport.com, 8-Oct-2015)

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-FGV - Embraer Phenom 100 (c/n. 50000193), registered to Luxwing Ltd. (ex OE-FGV)
  • 9H-ILA - Bombardier Challenger 850 (c/n. 8101), registered to VistaJet Ltd. (ex 9H-ILA)
  • 9H-VJP - Bombardier Global 600 (c/n. 9677), registered to VistaJet Ltd. (ex C-FFMV)
  • 9H-VJYBombardier Global 600 (c/n. 9667), registered to VistaJet Ltd. (ex C-FDXA)
Cancellation/s:
  • 9H-BDT - Tecnam P2006T (c/n. 018), registered to Triton Services Ltd.
  • 9H-GTY - Hawker Beechcraft B300 King Air 350 (c/n. FL-774), registered to BTV Leasing Schweiz AG, Switzerland (rrg 'F-HPGA')
(Source: Transport Malta, 7-Oct-2015)

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Indian Navy INS Tarangini calls at Valletta Port

The Indian Navy sail training ship INS Tarangini (A 75) has sailed into Valletta Port (the Grand Harbour) this morning on a courtesy visit. This is her second visit in Valletta Port this year.

The Indian tall-ship is presently berthing alongside at Gun and she's expected to sail from Malta on Friday, Oct. 9th. (6-Oct-2015)

Friday, October 2, 2015

Volotea to operate flights between Malta and Catania from next year

Volotea will be operating flights between Malta and Catania from next year. There will be flights on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays starting from Mar. 24th with fares starting from €19.99 one way, tax included. Commercial country manager Valeria Rebasti said the airline hoped to launch flights to other destinations in the coming years. She said Malta was the first international route the airline was operating to from Catania airport. (Source: timesofmalta.com, 2-Oct-2015)

Monday, September 28, 2015

Spanish Navy ESPS Martin Posadillo calls at Valletta Port

The Spanish Navy ro-ro transport ship ESPS Martin Posadillo (A 04) has sailed into Valletta (the Grand Harbour) this morning on a courtesy visit.  

The Spanish transport ship is currently berthing alongside at Sawmill wharf, in the French creek, and she's expected to sail from Malta on Friday, Oct. 2nd. (28-Sep-2015)

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Irish Naval Service LE Niamh calls at Valletta Port

The Irish Naval Service Roisin-class patrol vessel LE Niamh (P 52) has sailed into Valletta Port (the Grand Harbour) this morning on a courtesy visit. This is her third visit in Valletta Port this year

LE Niamh is currently deployed in the Mediterranean Sea as part of European Union's Joint-Operation Triton.

The Irish patrol vessel is presently berthing alongside at Boiler wharf and she's expected to sail from Malta in the coming days after a brief stay. (22-Sep-2015)

Saturday, September 19, 2015

Two aerobatic teams for 2015 Malta International Airshow

Swiss and Polish aerobatic teams and Royal Navy's Black Cats will be taking part in this year's Malta International Airshow on Sep. 26th  and 27th. 

The Malta Aviation Society, which organises the show, said 12 countries and NATO will be represented in this year's edition - the 23rd. 

The PC-7 Swiss Air Force team, and the Orlik team from the Polish Air Force enjoy an excellent reputation amongvisitors to airshows. A Belgian Air Force F-16 will also be making aerobatic displays.

J. Ciliberti, President of the Malta Aviation Society, said the popular Malta International Airshow compared very well with other European displays. “We are looking forward to host some of the best pilots and engineering teams within the aviation sector. Those attending the event will also note that the static display is quite rich, with various interesting aircraft which the public can view and photography from close range." Among the displayed aircraft will be RAF Typhoon fighters.

The airshow is being supported by the Ministry of Tourism, Malta Tourism Authority, Malta Air Traffic Services, Armed Forces of Malta, Malta International Airport, the Police and Civil Protection Department.

The show times are between 10am and 5.30pm on both days. Tickets cost are adults: Saturday: €10 for prepaid tickets and €13 at the airshow gate. Sunday: €13 for prepaid tickets and €15 at the airshow gate. Children under 14 enter free when accompanied by an adult. 

More details on participating aircraft and tickets at www.maltairshow.com

(Source: timesofmalta.com, 19-Sep-2015)

Friday, September 18, 2015

Air Malta's Malta-bound flight from Frankfurt diverts to Rome-Fiumicino

An Air Malta A320-200 (9H-AEK), performing flight KM-329 (on Sep. 17th) from Frankfurt (Germany) to Malta International Airport (Malta) with scheduled time of arrival 2225LT, had to divert to Rome-Fiumicino (Italy) due to sick passenger on board. The flight continued to Malta IAP, landing at 0010LT. (18-Sep-2015)

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

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-ILI - Bombardier Challenger 850 (c/n. 8048), registered to VistaJet Ltd. (ex OE-ILI)
  • 9H-TQM - Airbus A340-300 (c/n. 117), registered to Hi Fly Ltd. (ex CS-TQM)
  • 9H-VJO - Bombardier Global 6000 (c/n. 9669), registered to VistaJet Ltd. (ex C-FEHT)
Cancellation/s: none

(Source: Transport Malta, 15-Sep-2015)

Monday, September 14, 2015

U.K. Border Force HMC Protector calls at Valletta Port

The United Kingdom's Border Force cutter HMC Protector sailed into Valletta Port (the Grand Harbour) this evening on a courtesy visit. This is her eighth in Valletta Port this year.

HMC Protector is currently deployed in the Mediterranean Sea as part of European Union's Joint-Operation Triton run by Frontex.

The British cutter is presently berthing alongside at Gun wharf, and she's expected to sail from Malta in the coming days after a short stay. (14-Sep-2015)