Monday, February 19, 2018

Air Malta to get tenth aircraft, new flights to London-Southend and Cagliari

Air Malta will be leasing its tenth aircraft later this year to cater for increased demand from new routes the company will operate.  Chairperson C. Mangion said the ninth aircraft would be coming into service over the next two months.  The tenth aircraft will initially be needed for the summer months, starting in May.  

Dr Mangion was speaking at a press conference during which the airline announced new routes to Cagliari airport in Sardinia and London-Southend, U.K.  Air Malta will operate flights to these airports from Malta, while also connecting Cagliari and Catania airports to London-Southend.  

London-Southend is a relatively new airport built for the London Olympics in 2012, situated 45 minutes away from the centre.  Air Malta will retain its slots at Gatwick and Heathrow.

Tourism Minister K. Mizzi said the government’s strategy was to ensure Malta was well connected with mainland Europe, as well as other countries in the Mediterranean.  He said the choice of Southend represented an experiment with the "low cost dimension", in an airport that was still establishing itself. (Source:, 19-Feb-2018)