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 destroyer 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.2 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)

Monday, October 3, 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-AEJ - Airbus A319-100 (c/n. 2186), registered to Air Malta plc (ex OY-RCH)
  • 9H-BIG - Airbus A340-300 (c/n. 374), registered to Air X Charter Ltd. (ex M-VVIP)
  • 9H-CGH - Dassault Falcon 50EX (c/n. 306), registered to Elit'Avia Malta Ltd. (ex N306FJ)
  • 9H-IJK - Canadair Challenger 601 (c/n. 3031), registered to Air CM Global Ltd. (ex G-LWDC)
  • 9H-MAJ - Bombardier Global 604 (c/n. 5508), registerd to Elit'Avia Malta Ltd. (ex A7-MHA)
  • 9H-VCN - Bombardier Challenger 350 (c/n. 20628), registered to VistaJet Ltd.
  • 9H-VCO - Bombardier Challenger 350 (c/n. 20642), registered to VistaJet Ltd.
  • 9H-VJX - Bombardier Global 6000 (c/n. 9738), registered to VistaJet Ltd. (ex C-LFKS)
Cancellation/s:
  • 9H-AFR - Bombardier Global 5000 (c/n. 9249), registered to Comlux Malta Ltd.
(Source: Transport Malta, 30-Sep-2016)

Saturday, October 1, 2016

Irish Naval Service LE Samuel Beckett calls 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.

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 Pinto-4 wharf and she's expected to sail from Malta after a short stay to take-up bunkers and stores. (1-Oct-2016)