Sunday, April 30, 2017

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 morning on a courtesy visit. 

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

ESPS Canarias is presently berthing alongside at Bormla wharf (in French Creek) and she's expected to sail from Valletta Port in the coming days. (30-Apr-2017)

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Condor launches flight operations to Malta IAP from Hamburg and Frankfurt

Condor has launched flight operations today between two major German airports and Malta IAP. 

The first scheduled flight from Frankfurt, operated with an Airbus A320-200 (D-AICC), landed at Malta IAP at 0715lt (DE-1384). The aircraft departed after turnaround to Frankfurt at 0808lt (DE-1385).

The first scheduled flight from Hamburg, operated with an Airbus A320-200 (D-AICl), landed at Malta IAP at 1826lt (DE-1386). The aircraft departed after turnaround to Hamburg at 1933lt (DE-1387).

Condor will be operating the Frankfurt-Malta IAP and Hamburg-Malta IAP routes this summer twice weekly, on Wednesdays and Sundays. (26-Apr-2017)

Royal Jordanian A320 diverts to Malta IAP due to a medical emergency

A Royal Jordanian Airlines A320-200 (JY-AYM), performing flight RJ-522 from Tunis-Carthage (Tunisia) to Amman-Queen Alia (Jordan), had to divert to Malta International Airport this afternoon due to a medical emergency on board. The flight then continued to Amman reaching destination with a delay of two-hours on its original scheduled time. (26-Apr-2017)

Air Malta to resume schedule services to Tunis

Air Malta is reconnecting Malta to North Africa following the re-start of schedule services between the islands and Tunis-Carthage Airport as from Monday, Jun. 26th, 2017.

“We are very excited to announce that we will be returning to North Africa this summer with up to three direct flights a week. This is the second destination we are announcing in as many weeks. 


"We have been following the situation in North Africa every day. Now that the situation in Tunisia has stabilised, we want to be amongst the first Airlines to connect Europe with the country again," said P. Sies, Air Malta's Chief Commercial Officer (Source: maltatoday.com.mt, 25-Apr-2017)

Monday, April 24, 2017

Italian Navy ITS San Giusto calls at Valletta Port

The Italian Navy San Giorgio-class amphibious transport dock ITS San Giusto (L 9894) sailed into Valletta Port (the Grand Harbour) this morning on a courtesy visit. She has on board an AgustaBell AB-212 helicopter, serial MM81090.

The Italian amphibian is currently deployed in the Mediterranean and is the flagship of the E.U.'s Naval Force Mediterranean (Operation Sofia). 

ITS San Giusto is presently berthing alongside at Pinto-3 wharf, and she's scheduled to sail from Valletta Port on Thursday, Apr. 27th. (24-Apr-2017)

Friday, April 21, 2017

SNMCMG-2 calls at Valletta Port

Standing NATO Mine Countermeasure Group (SNMCMG) 2 sailed into Valletta Port (the Grand Harbour) this morning on a courtesy visit. The Group arrived with four vessels:
  • Polish Navy Bereza-class support vessel ORP Kontradmiral X. Czernicki (551) - flagship.
  • Turkish Navy Aydin-class mine countermeasure vessel TCG Alanya (M 265).
  • German Navy Frankenthal-class mine countermeasure vessel FGS Rottweil (M 1061).
  • Spanish Navy Segura-class mine countermeasure vessel ESPS Tajo (M 36).
SNMCMG-2 is presently berthing alongside at Wine & Gun wharves and is expected to sail from Valletta Port on Monday, Apr. 24th. (21-Apr-2017)

Thursday, April 20, 2017

French Navy FS Cdt. Birot recalls at Valletta Port

The French Navy D'Estienne d'Orves-class corvette FS Commandant Birot (F 796) sailed into Valletta Port (the Grand Harbour) this morning on a courtesy visit. This is her fourth visit in Valletta Port this year.

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

FS Cdt. Birot is presently berthing alongside at Pinto-3 wharf and she's expected to sail from Malta in the coming days. (20-Apr-2017)

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

TM/DCA: Malta Aircraft Registry update

Transport Malta/Directorate of Civil Aviation published today the latest update of the Maltese Aircraft Register.

New addition/s: 

  • 9H-AHR - Airbus A320-232 (c/n. 1979), registered to Air Malta plc, (ex EC-LQJ)
  • 9H-AUL - Boeing B737-375F (c/n. 23708/1395), registered to Maleth Aero AOC Ltd. (ex M-MOVE)
  • 9H-PLM - Cessna 650 Citation VI (c/n. 650-0217), registered to Luxwing Ltd. (ex 5Y-YAH)
  • 9H-SKI - Piaggio P180 Avanti (c/n. 1040), registered to Kemmunett Ltd. (ex I-BCOM)
Cancellation/s: 
  • 9H-USM - Aerospol WT-9 Dynamic (c/n. K14/2008), registered to Aero Club Malta
(Source: Transport Malta, 18-Apr-2017)

Friday, April 14, 2017

Spanish Navy ESPS El Camino Espanol calls at Valletta Port

The Spanish Navy auxiliary transport ship ESPS El Camino Espanol (A 05) has sailed into Valletta (the Grand Harbour) this morning on a courtesy visit.  

The Spanish auxiliary is currently berthing alongside at Pinto-3 wharf, and she's expected to sail from Malta in the coming days. (14-Apr-2017)

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Volotea launches flights between Bordeaux and Malta IAP

Volotea has launched flight operations today between Bordeaux (France) and Malta IAP.

The first scheduled flight, operated with Airbus A319-100 (EI-FMY), landed at Malta IAP at 1319lt (V7-2452). The aircraft departed after turnaround at 1425lt (V7-9085). (13-Apr-2017)

Air Malta to start scheduled services to Tel Aviv this month

Air Malta will start scheduled services between Malta and the Israeli city of Tel Aviv as from Apr. 21st. The Maltese airline will operate with up to three flights a week during summer 2017.

"We are thrilled that we can announce Tel Aviv as our new destination for this season. We have been operating regularly on this route offering Malta as a charter destination in Israel for years, working closely with leading Israeli tour operators. Now the market has matured enough that we can start offering this destination as a scheduled service, providing opportunities to visit the rest of Israel including Jerusalem and the Holy Land," added P. Sies Air Malta's Chief Commercial Officer. (Source: Air Malta, 13-Apr-2017)

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

SR Technics releases 200th aircraft for easyJet out of Malta

SR Technics, a world leading MRO service provider, recently completed the 200th aircraft for easyJet at its Malta facility. The landmark aircraft from easyJet departed from Malta International Airport for Geneva, Switzerland.

"As our launch customer in Malta, the partnership with easyJet has been essential to our company’s success and development at our Mediterranean hub," says SR Technics CEO J. Remacha. "We’ve been working with easyJet for well over a decade, and the 200th aircraft symbolizes our long-term partnership." (Source: SR Technics, 10-Apr-2017)

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

M.I.A. plc releases 2016/2017 winter traffic results

Malta International Airport welcomed over 1,662,659 passengers during its 2016/17 winter period, extending from November to March. This figure translates into an upturn of 25% in traffic, which growth was reached on the back of an increase of 19% in aircraft movements and an improvement of 26% in seat capacity.

The top five contributors of traffic at Malta IAP during winter were the United Kingdom, Italy, Germany, Belgium, and France. All of these markets reached varying levels of growth over last year following developments such as the introduction of new routes to Catania, Germany, and France and increased flight frequencies on existing routes.

The season was closed off with March registering an increase of 53,795 passenger movements over 2016, even though the Easter effect was registered in March last year. Last month also marked the launch of two new routes – Katowice in Poland and Cluj-Napoca in Romania, with more new connections expected to commence operations in the coming weeks. (Source: maltairport.com, 10-Apr-2017

Sunday, April 9, 2017

Eurowings launches flights between Vienna and Malta IAP

Eurowings has launched flight operations between Vienna (Austria) and Malta IAP this morning. 

The first scheduled flight, operated with Airbus A320-200 (OE-IQC), landed at Malta IAP at 0812lt (EW-5874) and was welcomed by a celebratory water arch from Malta IAP's fire and rescue team. The aircraft departed after turnaround to Vienna at 0913lt (EW-5875)

Eurowings will be operating this route this summer twice weekly, on Tuesdays and Sundays. (9-Apr-2017)

Saturday, April 8, 2017

French Navy FS Cdt. Birot recalls at Valletta Port

The French Navy D'Estienne d'Orves-class corvette FS Commandant Birot (F 796) sailed into Valletta Port (the Grand Harbour) this morning on a courtesy visit. This is her third visit in Valletta Port this year.

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

FS Cdt. Birot is presently berthing alongside at Pinto-3 wharf and she's expected to sail from Malta in the coming days. (8-Apr-2017)

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Lufthansa expands Malta flights from May 2017

Lufthansa starting May 2017 is increasing Frankfurt-Malta operation, with the introduction of night-time departure from Frankfurt, as 3rd daily flight. The new flight departs on May 1st. 

LH1312 FRA2020 – 2250MLA 32A (Tue, Thu, Fri)
LH1312 FRA2030 – 2300MLA 32A (Wed, Sun)
LH1312 FRA2040 – 2310MLA 32A (Mon)
LH1312 FRA2040 – 2310MLA 319 (Sat)

LH1313 MLA0630 – 0910FRA EQV (Daily)

Also, compared to summer 2016 schedule, the airline's Munich-Malta service has been increased from two to four weekly this summer. (Source: 
routesonline.com, 5-Apr-2017)

Monday, April 3, 2017

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-LDN - Bombardier Global 6000 (c/n. 9754), registered to Blue Falcon Sarl, Luxembourg (ex C-FMCH)
Cancellation/s: none

(Source: Transport Malta, 30-Mar-2017)

Saturday, April 1, 2017

French Navy FS Cdt. Birot recalls at Valletta Port

The French Navy D'Estienne d'Orves-class corvette FS Commandant Birot (F 796) sailed into Valletta Port (the Grand Harbour) this morning on a courtesy visit. This is her second port-call in Valletta this year.

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

FS Cdt. Birot is presently berthing alongside at Pinto-4 wharf and she's expected to sail from Malta tomorrow, Apr. 2nd (1-Apr-2017)