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)