Wednesday, January 28, 2015

German Navy FGS Erfurt in Valletta Port

The German Navy Braunschweig-class corvette FGS Erfurt (F 262) has sailed into Valletta Port (the Grand Harbour) this morning on a courtesy visit. 

The German corvette is presently berthing alongside at Pinto-5 wharf, and she's expected to sail from Malta tomorrow, January 29th. (28-Jan-2015)

Medavia opens flights to Tripoli to general public

Medavia has opened up its weekly Malta to Tripoli-Mitiga service to the general public effective Jan. 19th. The Beech 1900D-operated flights, which Medavia has been plying for an oil company on an ad-hoc charter basis for the last two months, are sold in conjunction with FCm Travel Solutions. (Source: ch-aviation.com, 27-Jan-2015)

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Malta's Hermes Aviation suspends operations

Hermes Aviation has been forced to suspend operations after the Maltese Department of Civil Aviation (DCAM) suspended its Air Operators Certificate (AOC) last week.  Malta's Independent newspaper says the DCAM has now launched an investigation into the carrier's operations following a request by Italy's regulatory body (ENAC).

Since launching flights connecting Malta, Sicily and Italy late last year in December, the airline, under its FlyHermes brand, has suffered numerous delays and cancellations leading ENAC to warn that it would ban the carrier from serving Italy altogether unless it dramatically improved the quality of its service. (Source: ch-aviation.com, 26-Jan-2015)

Monday, January 26, 2015

easyJet A319 en route to Malta diverts to Catania due to bad weather

An easyJet Airbus A319-100 (G-EZDH), performing flight U2-1995 from Manchester (UK) to Malta IAP, had to divert to Catania-Fontanarossa (Siciliy) this early afternoon due to bad weather at Malta International Airport. The flight then continued to Malta landing with a delay of nearly two-hours 30-mins. (10-Dec-2013)

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Malta IAP hosted 4.29 million passengers in 2014

Malta International Airport welcomed a total of 4,290,304 passengers in 2014, a 6.4% increase over the previous year. The growth is the result of further capacity being deployed to Malta from operating airlines. 2014 saw also an increase in aircraft movements by 4.8%, resulting in an equal increase in seat capacity.

Besides an increase in available flights and seats to and from Malta, the airlines flying through the airport also succeeded in increasing the seat load factor, meaning that aircraft were on average fuller than in 2013, from 78.5% to 79.7%. Meanwhile, cargo and mail dropped by 3.1%, from 16,038 tonnes to 15,547 tonnes.

Last year, the airport saw unprecedented passenger numbers from its four major markets, with significant growth registered for the U.K. (6.1%), Italy (12.1%), Germany (3.2%) and France (17%). There was a large drop of 25.8% in traffic from Spain, the fifth largest market, due to weakening demand in Spanish outbound leisure tourism which resulted in a significant seat capacity drop. (Source: maltairport.com, 23-Jan-2015)

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Italian regulator investigating Malta's Hermes for shoddy service

Hermes Aviation is under investigation by the Italian civil aviation authority (L'Ente Nazionale per l'Aviazione Civile - ENAC) for the numerous delays its flights to Sicily and Italy have suffered since their launch in December last year.

The ItaliaVola flight blog says ENAC has raised concerns with its counterparts at the Maltese Department of Civil Aviation over Hermes Aviation's operational status quo given that very few of its FlyHermes flights have ever left on time. In some instances, it says, flights have left as long as a day late. Vito Riggio, ENAC's president, has warned that unless the airline realigns the quality of its service to international standards and norms, it could be banned from serving Italy altogether. (Source: ch-aviation.com, 12-Jan-2015)

Friday, January 9, 2015

Private microlight makes an emergency landing on a taxiway at Malta IAP

A private FlySynthesis Storch CL microlight aircraft (9H-UMK) was forced to make an emergency landing on a taxiway at Malta IAP this afternoon due to an engine failure shortly after take-off. The microlight landed safely on taxiway LIMA around 1410lt. Two people were on board the microlight, no one was injured. Airport operations were not affected. (8-Jan-2015)

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Malta's Hermes Aviation to scale back Sicily flights

Hermes Aviation will axe its four week-old Palermo to Turin service from Jan. 12th while its Comiso to Malta and Turin frequencies will be reduced by half the ItaliaVola flight blog reports. Operated under the Fly Hermes banner, the routes have been hit by the post-Christmas lull in demand. Hermes operates the routes with its single B734 9H-HER (msn 24901). (Source: ch-aviation, 6-Jan-2014)