Saturday, December 31, 2016

Portuguese Navy NRP Vasco da Gama calls at Valletta Port

The Portuguese Navy Vasco de Gama-class (Type Meko-200) frigate NRP Vasco da Gama (F 330) has sailed into Valletta Port (the Grand Harbour) this morning on a courtesy visit.

The Portuguese frigate is presently alongside at Pinto-3 Wharf, and she's scheduled to sail from Valletta Port in the coming days. (31-Dec-2016)

Saturday, December 24, 2016

Air Malta to discontinue its Manchester route next summer

As of May 2017, Air Malta will be discontinuing its Manchester route to focus on other, more profitable ones, the national airline said in a statement. Air Malta said that it will be increasing frequencies on Munich, Brussels, Amsterdam, Vienna, Zurich, Rome, Catania, Lyon, Palermo, Prague and Moscow.
 


"Air Malta is focusing its efforts on its best performers and will operate with up to double daily flights in peak summer to Munich, Rome and Catania," Air Malta said. "Next summer, Air Malta will be operating 150 weekly flights to 29 destinations and planning to carry 1.2 million passengers while continue operating with a fleet of eight aircraft similar to this year," it added. (Source: maltatoday.com, 23-Dec-2016)

Afriqiyah A320 diverts to Malta IAP after hijacked by two pax

An Afriqiyah Airways Airbus A320-200 (5A-ONB), performing flight 8U-209 from Sebha to Tripoli (Libya) with 111 passengers and six crew, was en route at FL340 nearing the top of descent into Tripoli when the aircraft did not start the descent but changed the course to Malta due to unlawful interference on board.

The aircraft landed safely on Malta's RWY 31 about 40-mins later at 11:32L (10:32Z). The aircraft taxied onto RWY 23 and stopped 850m short of the runway end of that runway. Engines were still running 90-mins after landing and were subsequently shut down.

Malta's government reported two hijackers claiming to be armed with hand grenades took control of the aircraft and that negotiations with the hijackers were under way.

Malta's Prime Minister reported at 14:50L that all passengers and some crew members have been released, only the two hijackers and some crew were still on board of the aircraft.

At 15:45L Malta's Prime Minister reported that the hijackers surrendered and were taken into custody. All people aboard the aircraft have disembarked.

Police later reported the weapons (hand grenade and pistols) were dummies. (Source: avherald.com, 23-Dec-2016)

Thursday, December 22, 2016

Emirates to fly daily between Dubai and Malta via Cyprus from Feb. 1st

Emirates is to re-route its daily service between Dubai and Malta via Larnaca, Cyprus, from Feb. 1st, 2017. The current five-days-a-week Dubai/Tunis/Malta/Dubai route will be changed to Dubai/Larnaca/Malta/Larnaca/Dubai, the same as the current flight operating every Monday and Wednesday.

The Malta route allows travellers to book tickets between Malta and Cyprus. The service will be operated by Boeing 777-300ER aircraft in a three-class configuration, with eight private suites in First Class, 42 lie flat seats in Business Class, and 310 spacious seats in Economy Class. 

Starting Feb. 1st, EK-109 will depart Dubai at 0750, arriving in Larnaca at 1020. It will then depart Larnaca at 1150, arriving in Malta at 1325. The return flight, EK-110, will leave Malta at 1455, arriving in Larnaca at 1815. It will then depart Larnaca at 1930, and land in Dubai at 0125 the next day. (Source: timesofmalta.com, 22-Dec-2016)

Wizz Air to launch Katowice-Malta service in summer 2017

Wizz Air, the largest low-cost airline in Central and Eastern Europe, announced a new summer route from Katowice (Poland) to Malta with effect from Mar. 10th, 2017. This new route will be offered twice weekly, on Mondays and Fridays. (Source: routesonline.com, 22-Dec-2016)

Malta IAP celebrates its five millionth passenger this year

Malta International Airport today celebrated its five millionth passenger this year, marking a new milestone in its aviation history.

This means that the airport increased its annual traffic by one million passengers in three years and gains further significance when considering that the airport went from three million passengers to four million between 2008 and 2013.

"This is a remarkable accomplishment for us, especially since not long ago, the numbers reached today were inconceivable for Malta. Our five millionth passenger is welcomed as a testament to the hard work put in by all industry stakeholders," said Malta IAP CEO, A. Borg. 

"With this new milestone under our belt, we now shoulder added responsibilities that inevitably stem from these numbers. At the top of our priority list is doubtlessly the need to constantly invest in infrastructure that is fitting for Malta's only air terminal," Mr Borg added.

While encouraging everyone to continue to pursue service excellence in the coming year, Mr Borg went on to thank the team at Malta International Airport and all stakeholders who were crucial in achieving this milestone. (Source: maltairport.com, 21-Dec-2016)

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

German Navy FGS Main calls at Valletta Port

The German Navy Elbe-class tender FGS Main (A 515) sailed into Valletta Port (the Grand Harbour) this morning on a courtesy visit. 

The German tender is currently deployed in the Mediterranean and assigned to E.U. Naval Force Mediterranean (Operation Sofia).


FGS Main is presently berthing alongside at Pinto-4 wharf, and she's scheduled to sail from Valletta Port next week. (20-Dec-2016)

Thursday, December 15, 2016

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-ALJ - Dassault Falcon 900EX (c/n. 095), registered to Air CM Global Ltd. (ex HB-IGY)
  • 9H-SPA - Gulfstream G450 (c/n. 4291), registered to Comlux Malta Ltd. (ex OE-IRE)
Cancellation/s: 
  • 9H-ROD - Tecnam P92 Echo (c/n. 047), registered to Aero Club Malta Ltd.
(Source: Transport Malta, 14-Dec-2016)

Wizz Air to launch Cluj-Malta service in summer 2017

Wizz Air yesterday announced planned service expansion from its Cluj base in Romania, scheduled to commence in summer 2017 season. Planned new service includes the launching of four routes from March 2017. One of the new routes being Cluj will be to Malta IAP (effective from Mar. 26th). This new route will be offered twice weekly, on Wednesdays and Sundays (Source: routeonline.com, 14-Dec-2016)

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Alitalia & Air Malta begins codeshare service

Alitalia and Air Malta today will commence reciprocal codeshare partnership, covering 34 routes between Italy and Malta, as well as within and beyond Italy. Planned codeshare routes as follow:

Flights operated by Alitalia: Catania – Bologna, Milan-Linate – Alghero, Milan-Linate – Brindisi, Milan-Linate – Cagliari, Milan-Linate – Frankfurt, Milan-Linate – London City, Milan-Linate – Pescara, Milan-Linate – Rome, Rome – Amsterdam, Rome – Ancona, Rome – Bari, Rome – Bologna, Rome – Brindisi,
Rome – Cagliari, Rome – Catania, Rome – Florence, Rome – Geneve, Rome – Genoa, Rome – Lamezia Terme, Rome – Malta, Rome – Naples, Rome – Nice, Rome – Palermo, Rome – Paris-CDG, Rome – Pisa, Rome – Reggio di Calabria, Rome – Trieste, Rome – Turin, Rome – Venice and Rome – Verona 

Flights operated by Air Malta: Malta – Catania, Malta – Milan-Linate, Malta – Palermo and Malta – Rome. (Source: routeonline, 12-Dec-2016)

Thursday, December 8, 2016

Spanish Navy ESPS Navarra recalls at Valletta Port

The Spanish Navy Santa Maria-class frigate ESPS Navarra (F 85) has sailed into Valletta Port (the Grand Harbour) this morning on a courtesy visit. This is second visit in Valletta Port this year. 

The Spanish frigate is currently deployed in the Mediterranean and assigned to E.U. Naval Force Mediterranean (Operation Sofia).

ESPS Navarra is presently berthing alongside at Pinto-4 wharf and she's expected to sail from Valletta Port in the coming days. (8-Dec-2016)

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

M.I.A. plc releases traffic results for November 2016

The winter season opened on excellent footing at Malta International Airport, with November registering a staggering growth of 22.4% over the same month last year.

This is by far the highest monthly increase for 2016, going on to displace March’s 19% growth rate from the top spot. November’s spurt augurs well for the key stakeholders in the industry’s stepped up efforts, to ensure that the Maltese islands are an attractive, year-round holiday destination.

This growth in passenger movements was recorded in parallel with an upturn of 17% in aircraft movements and an increased seat capacity of 21.3%. This increase partly stemmed from the airport’s enhanced winter schedule, offering no less than 18 new connections for the season.

Airlines were also more efficient in filling up the available seats, with November having registered a seat load factor (SLF) of 82.4%. In absolute terms, the airport gained more than 63,000 passengers over the same month last year.

The airport’s top five markets all grew by varying degrees and featured a newcomer. Belgium made an appearance in this list for the first time, following increased connectivity to Brussels.

Outside of the top five markets, and in line with the airport’s strategy to recoup traffic from the Iberian Peninsula, Spain continued to grow at an impressive rate. The Spanish market’s 87% upturn resulted from the introduction of a twice-weekly flight to Valencia, increased operations to both Madrid and Barcelona, and Girona’s extension into the winter period.

November’s results further enhance Malta International Airport’s optimism for the winter period, as the airport focuses on welcoming 5 million passengers before the year is through. (Source: maltairport, Dec-2016)

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

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-AMY - Bombardier Challenger 850 (c/n. 8043), registered to Air X Charter Ltd. (ex OE-ISA)
Cancellation/s: none

(Source: Transport Malta, 6-Dec-2016)

Saturday, December 3, 2016

Air Malta launches its 2017 summer schedule

Air Malta is planning to operate 150 weekly flights to 29 destinations next summer. With this schedule, running from the Mar. 26th till Oct. 28, 2017, the Maltese airline is planning to carry 1.2 million passengers while continue operating with a fleet of eight aircraft similar to this year.

Air Malta's summer 2017 schedule sees the airline operate increased frequencies on Munich, Brussels, Amsterdam, Vienna, Zurich, Rome, Catania, Lyon, Palermo, Prague and Moscow. The airline will operate with up to double daily flights in peak summer to Munich, Rome and Catania. 

Next summer Air Malta will decrease some frequencies for all or part of the season on London Gatwick, Berlin, Manchester and Geneva and dropping Athens and Frankfurt. However the airline will still retain its code-share flights to Frankfurt where Lufthansa will be the operating carrier with two daily flights.

The airline will continue code-sharing agreements with Air France, Alitalia, Aeroflot, Austrian Airlines, Emirates, Etihad, KLM, Lufthansa, Brussels Airlines, Czech Airlines, Meridiana, Swiss Airlines and Turkish Airlines. These agreements expand Air Malta's network to other markets worldwide. 

This summer schedule will maximise opportunities, increase efficiency and make flights more attractive, both for travellers from Malta as well as for the tourists visiting the islands next summer. 

"We have focused on our core routes; increasing frequencies on them whilst decreasing or stopping operations to low performing ones. We have increased frequencies to the most convenient international airports enabling our guests to fly when they want with the least ground transportation costs possible. Our strategy to increase frequencies will translate into better opportunities for short-break visitors, growth in tourism numbers to Malta, whilst operating with increasing aircraft utilisation", said J. Galea Air Malta’s Acting Chief Executive.

"We are determined to continue maximising our limited resources to achieve better operational efficiency and reap the best opportunities from our route network. We pride to operate the best conveniently timed flight schedule and route network to and from Malta by operating to the best airports that offer connections far and beyond Air Malta's network though our code-share partners", added Mr Galea.

Next summer Air Malta will also continue being the largest charter operator to/from Malta and is planning an interesting program for Maltese and foreign operators. Discussions with charter operators are currently underway. (Source: Air Malta, 30-Nov-2016)

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

French Navy FS Commandant L'Herminier calls at Valletta Port

The French Navy D'Estienne d'Orves-class corvette FS Commandant L'Herminier (F 791) sailed into Valletta Port (the Grand Harbour) this afternoon on a courtesy visit.

The French corvette is currently deployed in the Mediterranean and assigned to E.U. Naval Force Mediterranean (Operation Sofia).

The FS Commandant L'Herminier is presently berthing alongside at Pinto-5 wharf, and she's expected to sail from Valletta Port in the coming days. (29-Nov-2016)

Sunday, November 27, 2016

Portuguese Navy NRP Figueira da Foz calls at Valletta Port

The Portuguese Navy Viana do Castelo-class offshore-patrol vessel NRP Figueira da Foz (P 361) has sailed into Valletta Port (Grand Harbour) this morning on a courtesy visit.

The Portuguese offshore-patrol vessel is presently berthing alongside at Pinto-3 Wharf, and she's expected to sail from Valletta Port on Wednesday, Nov. 30th. (27-Nov-2016)

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Royal Danish Navy HDMS Absalon calls at Valletta Port

The Royal Danish Navy Absalon-class support vessel HDMS Absalon (L 16) has sailed into Valletta Port (Grand Harbour) this morning on a courtesy visit.  She has an Royal Danish AF Westland Lynx Mk.90B helicopter on board, serial S-191.

The Danish support vessel is presently berthing alongside at Pinto-5 Wharf, and she's expected to sail from Valletta Port on Friday, Nov. 25th. (22-Nov-2016)

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-ZRH - Cessna 525A CitationJet CJ2+ (c/n. 525A-0340), registered to Helispirit S.A., Luxembourg (ex SX-GVA)
Cancellation/s: none

(Source: Transport Malta, 21-Nov-2016)

Malta's Hi Fly A343 hits an air bridge at Amsterdam-Schiphol

A Hi Fly Airbus A340-300 (9H-TQM) was damaged at Amsterdam-Schiphol International Airport in the Netherlands when the no.2 engine contacted the air bridge at gate G6. The aircraft had arrived as flight ferry flight AB-107P from Berlin-Tegel Airport, Germany and was due to operate flight OR-341 to Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic on behalf of TUI Airlines Netherlands. (Source: aviation-safety.net, 21-Nov-2016)

Monday, November 21, 2016

Royal Navy HMS Enterprise recalls 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 fifth port-call in Valletta this year.

The British survey vessel is currently deployed in the Mediterranean and assigned to E.U. Naval Force Mediterranean (Operation Sofia). 

HMS Enterprise is presently berthing alongside at Wine wharf, and she's expected to sail from Valletta Port in the coming days. (21-Nov-2016)

Sunday, November 20, 2016

Irish Naval Service LE Samuel Beckett recalls 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 third visit in the Grand Harbour this year.

The Irish OPV is currently deployed in the Mediterranean and assigned to E.U. Naval Force Mediterranean (Operation Sofia).

LE Samuel Beckett is presently berthing alongside at Wine wharf, and she's expected to sail from Valletta Port in the coming days. (20-Nov-2016)

Saturday, November 12, 2016

Royal Navy HMS Echo calls at Valletta Port

The Royal Navy Echo-class survey vessel HMS Echo (H 87) sailed into Valletta Port (the Grand Harbour) this morning on a courtesy visit.

The British survey ship is presently berthing alongside in Dock-3 at Palumbo SY, and she's expected to sail from Valletta Port in next month. (12-Nov-2016)

Thursday, November 10, 2016

Communications glitch causes seven Air Malta flights to delay

Seven Air Malta flights departing from Malta IAP were delayed this morning following a disruption in the airline's international communications network.
 


The affected flights, destined for Milan, Rome, Charles de Gaulle, Heathrow, Gatwick, Munich and Amsterdam, were delayed for 15-mins to three hours as a result of a computer link in the airline's international communications network which dropped. 

This meant that all passengers had to be checked in manually – a time consuming process – an Air Malta spokesperson told MaltaToday.
 
"The network has since been restored and operations are back to normal now. We apologise for the inconvenience caused," he said, while adding that it was an issue beyond the airline’s control. (Source: maltatoday, 10-Nov-2016)

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Royal Netherlands Navy HNLMS Rotterdam calls at Valletta Port

The Royal Netherlands Navy Rotterdam class amphibious transport dock (LPD) HNLMS Rotterdam (L 800) has sailed into Valletta Port (the Grand Harbour) this evening of a courtesy visit. She has a Royal Netherlands AF EurocopterAS-532U2 Cougar Mk.2 helicopter on board, serial S-419.

HNLMS Rotterdam is currently deployed in the Mediterranean and assigned to E.U. Naval Force Mediterranean (Operation Sofia).

The Royal Netherlands LPD 
is presently berthing alongside at Pinto-4/5 Wharf and she's scheduled to sail from Valletta Port on Sunday, Nov. 13th (8-Nov-2016)

M.I.A. plc release traffic results for/up to October 2016

Summer closed on a sunny note for Malta IAP, registering 3,645,812 passenger movements, which translate into a 6.3% growth.

During the summer period — which for the aviation industry stretches from the end of March until the end of October — the airport hosted over 210,000 passengers more than it did during the same period in 2015. These figures mark Malta IAP's busiest summer yet.

This increase was registered on the back of an upturn of 4.3% in seat capacity and an improved seat load factor, which climbed up to 85% from 83.3% in summer 2015. Moreover, a rise of 1.4% was also recorded in aircraft
movements.

The top five markets for the summer months were the U.K., Italy, Germany, France and Poland. A spike in passenger numbers of 46% put Polands growth well above that registered by the other four markets. While the U.K. and Germany both recorded an increase of 3%, the French market grew by 5% and Italy registered a more significant 11%.

Looking back at October shows that this month grew by 10.4% over 2015 to host over half a million passengers for the first time ever.

October's list of top drivers of traffic largely reflected the one for the summer months, with the U.K. (4%) holding to its top spot, followed by Italy (23%), Germany (18%), France (5%), and Switzerland (25%). 

The varying rates of growth for these markets in October stemmed from the launch of a number of new routes, enhanced operations to destinations such as Zurich, and a better seat load factor on flights to Amsterdam and Turkey. Moreover, an improvement of 2.5% brought October's seat load factor up to 86%. (Source: maltairport.com, 7-Nov-2016)

Saturday, November 5, 2016

French Navy FS Enseigne de vaisseau Jacoubet recalls at Valletta Port

The French Navy D'Estienne d'Orves-class corvette FS Enseigne de vaisseau Jacoubet (F 794) sailed into Valletta Port (the Grand Harbour) this evening on a courtesy visit. This is her third visit in the Grand Harbour this year.

The French corvette is currently deployed in the Mediterranean and assigned to E.U. Naval Force Mediterranean (Operation Sofia).

The FS Enseigne de vasisseau Jacoubet is presently berthing alongside at Wine wharf, and she's expected to sail from Valletta Port in on Monday, Nov. 7th. (5-Nov-2016)

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-FCB - Dassault Falcon 7X (c/n. 034), registered to Albinati Aviation Ltd. (ex I-AFIT)
Cancellation/s: none

(Source: Transport Malta, 3-Nov-2016)

Friday, November 4, 2016

Ryanair's Malta-bound flight from Brussels diverts to Pisa

A Ryanair B737-800 (EI-DCW), performing flight FR-2906 from Brussels (Belgium) to Malta IAP (Malta) had to divert to Pisa (Italy) last night after a fight broke out between passengers on board. After a number of passengers were removed from the aircraft in Pisa, the flight continued to Malta, reaching destination with a delay of 1-hr on its original scheduled time. (4-Nov-2016)

Thursday, November 3, 2016

Ryanair launches new route Malta IAP-Toulouse

Ryanair launched today its new route between Malta IAP and Toulouse (France). The first scheduled flight, operated with Boeing B737-800 (EI-EVF), departed from Malta IAP (FR-3008) at 0750lt. The return flight from Toulouse landed at Malta IAP (FR-3009) at (sta 1240) 1248lt. Ryanair will be operating this route twice-weekly. (3-Nov-2016)

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Ryanair launches new route Valencia-Malta IAP

Ryanair launched today its new route between Valencia (Spain) and Malta IAP. The first scheduled flight, operated with Boeing B737-800 (EI-EBP), landed at Malta IAP (FR-7212) at 1516lt. The return flight to Valencia (FR-7213) departed from Malta IAP at 1621lt. Ryanair will be operating this new route twice weekly. (2-Nov-2016)

Ryanair launches new route Malta IAP-Nuremberg

Ryanair launched today its new route between Malta IAP and Nuremberg (Germany). The first scheduled flight, operated with Boeing B737-800 (EI-ESO), departed from Malta IAP (FR-2561) at 1738lt. The return flight from Nuremberg landed at Malta IAP (FR-2562) at 2306lt. Ryanair will be operating this route twice-weekly. (1-Nov-2016)

Ryanair's Malta-bound flight from London-Stansted diverts to Bologna

A Ryanair B737-800 (EI-DLV), performing flight FR-8853 from London-Stansted (U.K.) to Malta IAP (Malta) had to divert to Bologna (Italy) this evening due to medical emergency on board. The aircraft then continued with its flight to Malta IAP reaching destination with a delay of 1.5-hrs on its original scheduled time. (1-Nov-2016)

Monday, October 31, 2016

Ryanair launches three new routes from or to Malta IAP

Ryanair launched today three 'new' routes from or to Malta IAP.

The Catania and Brussels routes were both launched from Malta IAP - both operated with Boeing B737-800 (EI-EVP). Malta-Catania flight departed from Malta IAP at 1340lt and returned back at 1524lt, while the Malta-Brussels flight departed from Malta IAP at 1658lt and returned back at 2257lt. 

On the other hand, the route from Vilnius, operated with Boeing B737-800 (EI-FOV), landed at Malta IAP at 1844lt and re-departed after turnaround at 1935lt.

This winter season, Ryanair will be offering the Catania and Brussels routes on a daily basis, while the Vilnius route only once weekly, on Sundays. (30-Oct-2016)

Friday, October 28, 2016

Royal Navy HMS Enterprise recalls at Valletta Port

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

HMS Enterprise is presently berthing alongside at Parlatorio wharf, and she's expected to sail from Valletta Port next month. (28-Oct-2016)

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

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-PIK - Cessna 550 Citation II (c/n. 550-0324), registered to Luxwing Ltd. (ex OM-PTT)
Cancellation/s: 
  • 9H-AFJ - Learjet 60 (c/n. 60-030), registered to Eurojet Ltd.
(Source: Transport Malta, 25-Oct-2016)

Monday, October 24, 2016

CAE Aviation SW4 crashes shortly after take-off from Malta IAP

A Fairchild SA227-AT Metroliner (N577MX) registered in the United States and leased to Luxembourg company CAE Aviation has crashed this morning shortly after taking-off from RWY 13 at Malta International Airport. The crash happened around 0720lt on the road (Triq l-Industrija, Kirkop) just outside the airport perimeter fence, very close to the spotter's wall.

Malta IAP's Fire and Rescue Services were quickly dispatched to crash scene to control the blazing aircraft full of fuel. These were soon joined by members from the Civil Protection Department, several ambulances and police oficers. The Police later reported that all five French people on board the aircraft were killed in the crash.

According to a press release by the Maltese Government's Deparment of Information, the flight was part of a French Customs surveillance operation which has been taking place for the past months, with the aim of tracing routes of illicit trafficking of all sorts, including human and drug trafficking. The said flight was registered with the Malta Air Traffic Services as a local flight and was to return to Malta within hours without landing in third countries. (Info from various sources / Photo: Edward Grech, 24-Oct-2016) (Video clip)

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

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-KAT - Boeing B737-400 (c/n. 24643/1860), registered to Aerotron Ireland Ltd., Ireland (ex 4L-GSN)
Cancellation/s: 
  • 9H-GVI - Gulfstream G650 (c/n. 6006), registered to Elit'Avia Malta Ltd. (rrg LX-SIX)
(Source: Transport Malta, 18-Oct-2016)

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

German Navy FGS Mecklenburg-Vorpommern calls at Valletta Port

The German Navy Brandeburg-class (Type F123) frigate FGS Mecklenburg-Vorpommern (F 218) sailed into Valletta Port (the Grand Harbour) this morning on a courtesy visit. 

The German frigate is currently deployed in the Mediterranean and assigned to E.U. Naval Force Mediterranean (Operation Sofia).


FGS Mecklenburg-Vorpommern is presently berthing alongside at Bormla wharf (in French creek), and she's scheduled to sail from Valletta Port next week. (18-Oct-2016)

Saturday, October 15, 2016

French Navy FS Enseigne de vaisseau Jacoubet recalls at Valletta Port

The French Navy D'Estienne d'Orves-class corvette FS Enseigne de vaisseau Jacoubet (F 794) sailed into Valletta Port (the Grand Harbour) this evening on a courtesy visit. This is her second visit in the Grand Harbour this year.

The French corvette is currently deployed in the Mediterranean and assigned to E.U. Naval Force Mediterranean (Operation Sofia).

The FS Enseigne de vasisseau Jacoubet is presently berthing alongside at Wine wharf, and she's expected to sail from Valletta Port in on Wednesday, Oct 19th. (15-Oct-2016)

Friday, October 14, 2016

Irish Naval Service LE Samuel Beckett recalls 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 second visit in the Grand Harbour this year.

The Irish OPV is currently deployed in the Mediterranean and assigned to E.U. Naval Force Mediterranean (Operation Sofia).

LE Samuel Beckett is presently berthing alongside at Deep Water Quay-4, and she's expected to sail from Valletta Port in the coming days. (14-Oct-2016)

Spanish Navy ESPS Navarra calls at Valletta Port

The Spanish Navy Santa Maria-class frigate ESPS Navarra (F 85) has sailed into Valletta Port (the Grand Harbour) this morning on a courtesy visit. 

The Spanish frigate is currently deployed in the Mediterranean and assigned to E.U. Naval Force Mediterranean (Operation Sofia).

ESPS Navarra is presently berthing alongside at Magazine wharf and she's expected to sail from Valletta Port in the coming days. (14-Oct-2016)

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

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-EAT - Robinson Helicopter R44 Clipper II (c/n. 10498), registered to Foxhill Holdings Ltd., Cyprus
  • 9H-SVA - Dassault Falcon 900 (c/n. 054), registered to Global Technical Services Srl, Italy (rrg 'N754MM)
(Source: Transport Malta, 7-Oct-2016)

Royal Navy HMS Diamond calls at Valletta Port

The Royal Navy Daring-class frigate HMS Diamond (D 34) has sailed into Valletta Port (the Grand Harbour) this morning on a courtesy visit. She has an AgustaWestland AW-159 Wildcat HMA.02 helicopter on board, serial ZZ522.

The British destroyer is currently deployed in the Mediterranean and assigned to E.U. Naval Force Mediterranean (Operation Sofia). 

HMS Diamond is presently berthing alongside at Boiler wharf (French Creek), and she's expected to sail from Valletta Port on Friday, Oct. 14th. (11-Oct-2016)

Monday, October 10, 2016

Royal Fleet Auxiliary RFA Mounts Bay in Valletta Port

The Royal Fleet Auxiliary Bay-class dock landing ship RFA Mounts Bay (L 3008) has sailed into Valletta Port (the Grand Harbour) this morning on a courtesy visit.

The British dock landing ship is presently berthing alongside at Parlatorio wharf, in Frenck creek, and she's expected to sail from Malta on Saturday, Oct. 15th. (10-Oct-2016)

Sunday, October 9, 2016

Three Russian Naval vessels call at Valletta Port

Three Russian Naval vessels have sailed into Valletta Port this morning on a courtesy visit. These are:
  • Project-714 (Goryn-class) seahoing tug RFS SB-36 
  • Project-21631 (Buyan M-class) corvette RFS Serpukhov (603) 
  • Project-21631 (Buyan M-class) corvette RFS Zeleny Dol (602) 
The Russian vessels are presently berthing alongside at Pinto-3 wharf, Deep Water Quay-4 and Wine wharf respectively. They are scheduled to sail from Valletta Port on Tuesday, Oct. 11th. (9-Oct-2016)

M.I.A. plc releases traffic results for September 2016

September became the third consecutive month to register more than half a million passenger movements this year with a total of 531,962 passengers welcomed at Malta IAP. This translates to an increase of 5.8% over the same month in 2015.

September's upturn was bolstered by improved connectivity to the Maltese islands throughout the summer. Seat capacity, which indicates the number of seats available to Malta, registered a 4.2% rise over last year. Moreover, at 87.5%, September’s seat load factor experienced a growth of 1.3%, indicating that airlines were very efficient in filling up these available seats.

Malta's top drivers of traffic remain the U.K., Italy, Germany, France and Spain, with all five markets registering varying degrees of growth ranging from 2% to 14%. The growth of the French market mainly stems from an increased capacity to one of France's major airports, Paris-Orly. Furthermore, September marks Spain's third consecutive appearance among Malta IAP's top five markets, following added flights on the Madrid route.

Although they did not secure a spot among the top five markets last month, both Poland and Switzerland experienced a remarkable hike in passenger movements compared to 2015, amounting to 36% and 14%, respectively.

Up until the Sep. 30th, Malta IAP hosted 3,894,040 passengers – a growth of 7.5% over last year. Aircraft movements grew by 2.4% while seat capacity increased by 5.3%. The seat load factor also rose to 83.4% compared to 81.7% last year. (Source: maltairport.com, Oct-2016)

Friday, October 7, 2016

French Navy FS Somme calls at Valletta Port

The French Navy Durance-class replenishment tanker FS Somme (A 631) has sailed in Valletta Port this morning on a courtesy visit.

The French tanker is currently berthing alongside at Pinto-4/5 wharf, and she's expected to sail from Valletta on Monday, Oct. 10th. (7-Oct-2016)

Spanish Navy ESPS Martin Posadillo calls at Valletta Port

The Spanish Navy auxiliary 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 Factory wharf, in the French creek, and she's scheduled to sail from Valletta Port on Sunday, Oct. 9th. (7-Oct-2016)

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Malta's Air X eyes U.S. charter flights

Air X has applied to the U.S. Department of Transportation for exemption authority as well as a Foreign Air Carrier Permit (FACP). The Maltese VIP charter specialist is seeking permission to operate charter flights ferrying persons, property and mail from any point or points behind any member state of the European Union, via any point or points in any member state and via intermediate points to any point or points in the United States and beyond. It intends to use "large aircraft" for its proposed services. (Source: ch-aviation.com, 4-Oct-2016)

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

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-LGM - Embraer EMB-500 Phenom 100 (c/n. 50000187), registered to Aviogreen S.r.L, Italy (ex G-LGML)
Cancellation/s: none

(Source: Transport Malta, 4-Oct-2016)