Thursday, April 19, 2012

Libyan Airlines to restart Malta operations today

Libyan Airlines will restart operations to and from Malta today after wet-leasing an aircraft to circumvent the ban imposed by the European Commission earlier this month. The airline will fly out twice weekly, Monday and Thursday, after managing to strike a wet-leasing agreement with Nouvelair, Tunisia’s leading private airline. Libyan Airlines' representative in Malta, Kevin Farrugia, said the new aircraft, an Airbus A320, would allow the airline to continue flying between Libya and Malta. (Source:

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Malta IAP closed after hoax call meant to delay migrants' deportation from Malta

A hoax call about migrants having entered Malta IAP perimeter this morning may have been an attempt to hinder the deportation of a group of 35 migrants to Ghana, officials suspect. The call was made to the control tower at about 10 a.m., shortly before the Air Malta plane carrying the migrants was due to leave for Accra. The call forced a brief closure of the airport while airport officials and soldiers conducted a search, but found nothing. A Lufthansa flight from Frankfurt was diverted to Palermo as a consequence of the airport closure. (Source:

Thursday, April 5, 2012

M.I.A. plc releases first quarter traffic results

Passenger traffic at Malta IAP for the first quarter of 2012 experienced a decline of 4.7% when compared to the same period in 2011. This drop, which is equivalent to a reduction of 27,427 passenger movements, was brought about by a decline of 10% in seat capacity. 

The average Seat Load Factor for the quarter was stronger than that achieved in the same period last year - 69% in 2012 as opposed to 65% in 2011. Cargo and Mail for the first three months were marginally lower than 2011, registering a drop of 0.5%, whilst the maximum take-off weight which to a certain extent is dependent on aircraft movements, dropped by 8.1%.

A look at the airport’s core markets reveals that the U.K. registered the same level of traffic as that of 2011, 33%. Italy on the other hand registered a 6% increase in the Seat Load Factor (from 56% in 2011 to 62% this year) whilst passenger movements for this market dropped by 16%. On a more positive note, the German market experienced growth both in terms of seat capacity as well as Seat Load Factor, resulting in a substantial increase in passenger movements of 21%. The French and Spanish markets registered drops in passenger movements of 11% and 38% respectively.

March 2012: Passenger movements at Malta IAP in March 2012 reached 221,912. The decrease in passenger movements, when compared to the same month last year, is equivalent to 7.7%. Seat capacity for the month was 9.9% less than last year, whilst the average seat load factor increased by 1.7% over March 2011. Excluding the effect of the unrest in North Africa last year, passenger movements for March 2012 would have been 5.5% less than last year. (Source:

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Air Wing, AFM commissions its second B200 King Air

The Air Wing of the Armed Forces of Malta has this morning commissioned into service, during an official ceremony at apron-7 at Malta IAP, its second Hawker Beechcraft B200 King Air (A1227) maritime patrol aircraft. This second King Air, delivered brand new and tailored to AFMs' needs at Malta IAP on Mar. 5th, 2012, was co-financed, like the first King Air (AS1126) already in service, from the E.U.'s External Border Funds.

Air Malta's 9H-AEF departs Malta IAP on dry lease to OLT Express

Air Malta's Airbus A320 '9H-AEF' has departed this morning around 0900LT from Malta IAP on its delivery flight to OLT Express in Warsaw, Poland, in full OLT Express livery. This A320 is being dry leased by Air Malta to OLT Express for a number of years. A number Air Malta's pilots will also be seconded with OLT Express during the lease period. The aircraft will be the de-registered from the Malta Aircraft Register and re-registered on the Polish Aircraft Register as 'SP-IAD'.

Sunday, April 1, 2012

Air France launches flight operations to Malta IAP

Air France has launched today flight operations on schedule between Toulouse-Blagnac (TLS/LFBO) and Malta Int'l Airport. This first flight, operted by an Airbus A319 (F-GRHD), has landing at Malta IAP at 0909LT. Air France will be operating two weekly flights between Toulouse-Blagnac and Malta IAP on Saturdays and Sundays.