Saturday, February 28, 2015

Russia's Transaero to start Moscow-Malta service

Transaero Airlines will launch scheduled flights between Moscow and Malta on Apr. 26th, Russian media have reported. Flights UN385/386 will be operated on Sundays, departing from Moscow-Domodedovo airport 2.25 pm arriving at Malta IAP at 5.55 pm. Departure from Malta will be at 6.45 pm, arriving in Moscow at 11.45 pm. Transaero will use Boeing 737 aircraft. (Source: timesofmalta.com, 28-Feb-2015)

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Swiss AF's PC-7 Team confirms participation in the 2015 Malta International Airshow

We are extremely delighted to have as our special guests the Swiss Air Force PC-7 Team for the 2015 Malta International Airshow. The team visited the island twice in 2006 and 2011. In 2014 the Team introduced smoke systems to their aircraft and this will be the first time ever the Team will use smoke during their display in Malta.

The PC-7 Team shows dynamic, elegant and precise formation flying at its best. Flying aerobatics in close formation with propeller-driven aircraft demands the highest level of skill by the team’s military pilots. For this reason all members of the team are chosen from the professional pilots in the Surveillance Wing where they usually fly the F/A-18 Hornet.

The Malta Aviation Society, as organizers of the Malta International Airshow, is delighted with the confirmation of Participation of the Swiss Air Force PC-7 Team. Malta’s skies will once again witness the best of Swiss precision. (Source: maltairshow.com, 20-Feb-2015)

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Air Malta to fly to Oran, Algeria

Air Malta is to operate a twice weekly flight to Oran in Algeria every Monday and Thursday from Jul. 20th till Aug 31st. The city is a major port and the commercial, industrial, and educational centre of western Algeria. The airline already flies to the capital, Algiers. Air Malta has appointed Soleil Voyages as its General Sales Agents for Algeria. Soleil Voyages are backed up by a network of local travel agents that will be selling Air Malta and Malta across the whole country. (Source: timesofmalta.com, 18-Feb-2015)

Air Malta's fight from Paris-CDG diverts to Milan-Linate to refuel

An Air Malta Airbus A320-200 (9H-AEP), performing scheduled flight KM-479 from Paris-Charles De Gaulle (France) to Malta IAP had to divert to Milan-Linate (Italy) this afternoon to refuel the aircraft because of a strike at Paris-Charles De Gaulle airport by workers in the fuel section. The flight was due at Malta IAP at 1305lt, it actually landing at 1505lt. (18-Feb-2015)

Air Malta's flight to London-Gatwick diverts to Lyon due to a medical emergency

An Air Malta Airbus A319-100 (9H-AEH), performing scheduled flight KM-116 from Malta IAP to London-Gatwick (UK) had to divert to Lyon (France) this morning due to a serious medical emergency on board. The aircraft continued with its scheduled flight to London-Gatwick after a brief technical-stop (18-Feb-2015)

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Malta IAP ranks fourth best in Europe at 2014 ASQ Awards

Malta International Airport has been ranked the fourth best in Europe, according to the 2014 Airport Service Quality (ASQ) Awards. The airport obtained its best score ever, with an overall passenger satisfaction score of 4.22on a scale from one (poor) to five (excellent).

Despite a large increase in participating airports, Malta has ranked in the top five for five years running and this year’s overall performance exceeds results in previous years, even when placing first in 2010 and 2011.

This year saw more than 259 airports worldwide surveyed, 96 of which are European - an increase of 21 from last year. In total, there was an 81% increase of European airports participating between 2010 and last year. 

Of the top five European airports, only one other forms part of Malta International Airport's category of airports serving between two to five million passengers.

Malta IAP placed fourth after KeflavĂ­k (Iceland), Moscow-Sheremetyevo (Russia) and Porto (Portugal) and followed by Zurich (Switzerland). (Source: maltairport.com, 16-Feb-2015)

Monday, February 9, 2015

Lufthansa A343 returns to Malta due to an undercarriage problem

A Lufthansa Airbus A340-300 (D-AIGO), operating ferry flight LH-9921 from Malta IAP to Frankfurt (Germany) had to return back to Malta after the crew reported a problem with undercarriage. The aircraft landed safely on RWY 31 30-mins after departure. (9-Feb-2015)

Thursday, February 5, 2015

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

Malta IAP hosted more than 200,000 passengers in January, registering an increase of 4.8% over the same month last year. In all, last month saw a total of 208,903 passengers passing through the airport, when compared to the 199,354 who were welcomed during January in 2014.

This result was achieved with fewer aircraft movements and only a marginal increase in seat capacity of 1%, thanks to a significant increase in seat load factor, which measures the percentage of filled seats on each flight. The seat load factor grew to 69.2%, compared to 66.7% in 2014.

Growth was registered in most of the airport’s main markets starting with the U.K. market increasing by 1.5%. The largest contributors to the growth were Italy and France with increases of 13.2% and 15.8% respectively. The German market shrank by 5.6% due to decreased capacity.

Traffic to and from Turkey marked the highest growth rate, with a substantial 89.5% increase compared to the same period last year. More than 6,745 passengers travelled between Malta and Turkey in January. (Source: maltairport.com, 4-Feb-2015)

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

JetMagic secures U.S. foreign air carrier permit

Maltese-based JetMagic has been awarded a foreign air carrier permit by the U.S. Department of Transportation thereby allowing it to operate charter flights involving the transport of persons, property and mail from any point or points behind any member state of the E.U., via any point or points in any member state and via intermediate points to any point or points in the United States and beyond. In its application filed last year, the Maltese business charter specialist said it planned to offer private, nonstop ad-hoc charters between Europe and the U.S. using Boeing 737 or Bombardier Global 5000 business jets. (Source: ch-aviation.com, 2-Feb-2015)

Sunday, February 1, 2015

German Navy FGS Bayern in Valletta Port

The German Navy Brandenburg-class frigate FGS Bayern (F 217) has sailed into Valletta Port (the Grand Harbour) this evening on a courtesy visit. 

The German frigate is presently berthing alongside at Pinto-3 wharf, and she's expected to sail from Malta on Tuesday, February 3rd. (1-Feb-2015)