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)

Friday, September 11, 2015

Emirates B77L diverts to Malta IAP due to medical emergency

An Emirates Boeing B777-200LR (A6-EWC), performing flight EK-753 from Dubai (U.A.E.) to Casablanca (Morocco), had to divert to Malta International Airport this evening (around 1830lt) due to a medical emergency on board. The B77L continued with its flight to Casablanca after 1.5 hours on the ground. (10-Sep-2015)

Thursday, September 10, 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-BOA - Hawker Beechcraft Corp. Hawker 4000 (c/n. RC-69), registered to Orion (Malta) Ltd. (rrg as N621TF)
(Source: Transport Malta, 4-Sep-2015)

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Ryanair flight out of Malta IAP had to return after three passengers went to wrong jet

A Ryanair B737-700 (EI-ENS), performing flight FR-3475 from Malta International Airport (Malta) to Eindhoven (Netherlands), had to turn back to Malta IAP this morning after three passengers, who had check-in on the flight, had mistakenly boarded a bus which was taking passengers to an Air Malta flight bound for Duesseldorf. (9-Sep-2015)

Saturday, September 5, 2015

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

During Malta’s busiest summer month, Malta International Airport welcomed over 18,500 passengers on average every day last August. Traffic reached an all–time high for the month with 585,218 passenger movements. On average this equates to an additional 1,000 passengers going through our terminal every day.

August traffic registered a 6.1% increase over 2014. The average load factor which measures the number of filled seats on every flight, is also on the rise reaching 87% last month compared to 86.5% in August 2014. A significant increase was also noted in the number of aircraft movements and the seat capacity being deployed to Malta IAP, which grew by 7.6% and 5.6% respectively.

Italian routes keep registering a steady growth in passengers, with an 11.9% increase over last year due to growth on the Catania, Linate, and Rome routes. This cements Italy as the second most popular destination after the UK, which holds its position as the airport’s top market. UK passenger numbers were up by 6.1% in August - achieved through increased capacity along five British routes.

Germany and France registered a marginal drop in passenger numbers, decreasing by 1.5% and 0.4% respectively. Germany’s decrease is attributed to fewer flights bound for Munich. Despite increased traffic on the Madrid and Barcelona routes, the Spanish market also dropped by 7.1%, due to the lost capacity from Seville.

In August, the maximum take-off weight (MTOW) increased by 4.8%, while cargo and mail decreased by 4.3%.

Malta IAP hosted 3,120,840 passengers this year up until the Aug. 31st, a 6.8% increase in traffic over 2014. Aircraft movements grew by 5% while seat capacity increased by 4.1%. Meanwhile, the seat load factor has also increased considerably reaching 80.7% compared to 78.7% last year. (Source: maltairport.com, 4-Sep-2015)

Thursday, September 3, 2015

Russian Navy RFS Sayany calls at Valletta Port

The Russian Navy Project 05361 (Mikhail Rudnitsky-class) rescue ship RFS Sayany sailed into Valletta Port (the Grand Harbour) early this morning on a courtesy visit. 

The Russian auxiliary is presently berthing alongside at Deep Water Quay-4, and she's expected to sail from Malta tomorrow, Sep. 4th. (3-Sep-2015)