Wednesday, March 3, 2021

Malta IAP wins 'Best Airport' award for the third consecutive year

Malta International Airport is among the winners of Airports Council International’s (ACI) Airport Service Quality Awards for 2020, claiming the title 'Best Airport in Europe' in its size category for the third consecutive year.

ACI on Monday announced the winners of these prestigious industry awards following the rating of 348 airports worldwide by 306,673 passengers throughout 2020 bar the second quarter.  A total of 1,044 departing passengers rated Malta IAP based on 34 key performance indicators related to the service provided and facilities offered.

Malta IAP registered an improvement on most indicators compared to 2019, earning top scores from its guests for ease of way finding (4.50), cleanliness (4.49), staff courtesy (4.45), and safety and security (4.40).  The airport ended the year with an all-time high overall satisfaction score of 4.46, surpassing the European average which stood at 4.28.

An analysis of the feedback received revealed that, while waiting time ranked first among customers' top priorities prior to Covid-19, following the outbreak of the pandemic, cleanliness topped guests’ priority list, clearly indicating a shift in passengers’ expectations of their airport experience.

(Source:, 3-Mar-2021)

Danish AF CL60 for 2021 Malta International Airshow

Denmark, and precisely the Royal Danish Air Force, has informed the Malta International Airshow Team of its intention to join us for this year's event with a CL-604 Challenger.  Denmark now joins Switzerland in the growing list of participating countries at this year's Malta's premier aviation event.

(Source:, 3-Mar-2021)

Tuesday, March 2, 2021

AFM's new OPV P71 launched by Cantiere Navale Vittoria SY

On 27-Feb-2021, Italian shipbuilder Cantiere Navale Vittoria SpA located near Venice, launched the Armed Forces of Malta's (AFM) new Offshore Patrol vessel (OPV) P71.

The Italian shipyard was selected by the AFM in October 2018 following a call for tenders.  The contract, signed on 16-Jan-2019, is worth 48.5 million euro, with 34 million euro allocated from E.U. funds as part of measures to strengthen the protection of the southern borders of the E.U. against illegal immigration from Africa and the Middle East.

OPV P71 will have a total displacement of 1,800 tons, a length of 74.8m, a width of 13m and a draft of 3.4m.  A two-shaft diesel-electric main power plant with a total power of 10,880kW will give the OPV a top speed in excess of 20 knots.  

The vessel will feature a Rolls-Royce scope of supply that includes a pair of PROMAS controllable pitch propellers and rudders, SC722 FCP steering gear, a TT1300 bow thruster, a TT100 stern thruster, Fin Stabilisers, and a touch-screen remote control system that incorporates the novel CanMan Touch Joystick for all units.

The crew complement consist in 60 sailors with the possibility of accommodating another 20 personnel.  The ship will be armed with a 25mm remote weapon station and a 12.7mm machine gun. 

The helicopter deck can accommodate a AW-139 helicopter.  The ship will be equipped with two 9.1m RHIBs, one of which will be placed on a stern ramp under the helipad.

(Source:, 2-Mar-2021)

Thursday, February 25, 2021

DHL Express and SmartLynx Malta sign partnership agreement

Express service provider DHL Express and SmartLynx Malta have signed a new partnership agreement for the introduction of two newly converted Airbus A321-200 freighters joining DHL's European air fleet. 

The new technically advanced narrow-body fleet type is adding capacity to meet the increasing demand for express cargo transportation worldwide combined with further improving DHL's unit CO2 emissions by introducing the most fuel efficient narrow-body aircraft in its class.

SmartLynx Malta is planning to add two additional A321Fs during 2021 and up to four units during 2022, with a business target of becoming one of the largest narrow-body cargo freight carriers within the next three years.

(Source:, 25-Feb-2021)

Wednesday, February 24, 2021

Malta IAP publishes its financial results for 2020

Malta International Airport today published the financial results for 2020, reporting a drop of €68 million (-67.9%) in the total revenue generated by the Group during the year under review compared to 2019.

Malta IAP's passenger traffic for 2020 suffered a staggering drop of 76.1% as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic and travel restrictions, leading to the worst traffic result and the first loss-making year for the Group since the airport's privatisation in 2002.

Malta IAP plc's financial statements show that while revenue from the Company's aviation segment registered a drop of 74.8%, revenue from the non-aviation segment, which includes rents, parking, and VIP products, dropped 51.4%.

In contrast with 2019, when the Group had closed the year with profit after tax amounting to €33.9 million, Malta IAP plc ended 2020 with a net loss of €4.3 million at Group level.

The Group's financial statements also show that, through a strict cost-cutting and liquidity preservation programme, Malta IAP plc had succeeded in lowering its total expenditure to €26.6 million (-28.3%) during the reporting period. 

Group staff costs registered a decrease of €2.2 million (-20.2%), which resulted from the Covid Wage Supplement Scheme and temporary salary reductions between April and July 2020, while operating expenditure decreased by €8.3 million (-31.8%).

(Source:, 24-Feb-2021)

Wednesday, February 17, 2021

Swiss AF F/A-18 for 2021 Malta International Airshow

The Swiss Air Force has informed the Malta International Airshow Team of its planned participation at Malta's premier aerial event by way of an F/A-18 Hornet.  The Malta Airshow Team welcomes the Swiss Hornet Display Team to Malta's skies this September.

(Source:, 17-Feb-2021)

Tuesday, February 16, 2021

Gulf Med to invest in helicopters services

Gulf Med, which was established in Malta five years ago, is a joint venture between a Maltese company which offers medical services including in the evacuation of persons from remote areas such as oil rigs, and a helicopter company based in Qatar.

Emma Finley-Broadbelt, the company chief executive which specializes in helicopter repairs, stated that the company registered success stories during the past two years, including a contract to make repairs on the Cypriot Police helicopter fleet.  Last year, the company was awarded a similar contract by the Croatian government, while it invested in a helicopter which is used to transport patients from the Gozo hospital to Malta.

Ms Finley-Broadbelt added that, despite the pandemic’s challenge on the aviation sector, the company will be taking over the helicopters services from its partner – Gulf Helicopters Company.  This will lead to the operation of flights towards oil rigs in West Africa, among others.

"We will be required to make some significant investments, which will include our aircraft maintenance training organisation, so as we develop we will be able to keep pace with the requirements for personnel by developing local talent," Finley-Broadbelt stated.

The Gulf Med chief executive stated that they will collaborate with the University of Malta and MCAST in order to implement this step.  The company will also invest in infrastructure and new equipment.

(Source:, 16-Feb-2021)

Thursday, February 11, 2021

Swiss AF P-7 Team confirms participation at 2021 Malta International Airshow

This year's planned edition of the Malta International Airshow will see Swiss precision at its very best. 

The Malta Airshow team has received official confirmation of participation by the Swiss PC-7 TEAM at the Malta International Airshow 2021.

The team flies a formation of nine Swiss-made PC-7 advanced trainer turboprop aircraft and has always been a favourite with the Maltese public whenever the team visited Malta in previous editions.

The Malta International Airshow Team warmly welcomes the Swiss Air Force PC-7 Team to Malta's skies this September.

(Source:, 11-Feb-2021)