Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Air Malta re-starts flights to Benghazi

Air Malta touched down in Benghazi this morning in an inaugural flight which will see the airline resume a twice-weekly service after an absence of four years. The airline's CEO, P. Davies, was on the flight and officially launched the service at a press conference in Benina airport. 

The service to Libya's second city, comes after the airline started flying to the capital Tripoli in November, initially three times a week, before switching to a daily flight earlier this month.

Mr Davies stressed that the Malta connection offers Libyans a gateway to Europe, and the flights were timed to facilitate such connections. The flight leaves Malta at 4:40 a.m. arrives at 6.05 a.m. leaves Benghazi at 7:05 a.m. and touches down in Malta at 8.25 a.m. (Source:timesofmalta.com)

Sunday, May 13, 2012

Orion (Malta) Ltd. orders a Hawker 4000 business jet

Hawker Beechcraft Corporation has announced today that Malta-based Orion (Malta) Ltd. has ordered a Hawker 4000 jet to meet the growing demand for charter services from business owners across the EMEA region. 

Orion-Malta will be adding the Hawker 4000 – the world’s most advanced super-midsize jet – to its Luqa-based Air Operators Certificate; the aircraft will complement Orion-Malta’s current fleet that includes a Hawker 900XP. (Source: Hawker Beechcraft Corporation)

Friday, May 4, 2012

M.I.A. plc release traffic results for April 2012

Passenger movements at Malta IAP grew by 1.4% during the month of April reaching 304,198, i.e. the highest number ever registered in April. This was brought about notwithstanding a decrease of 3.3% in the seat capacity for the month, which reached 397,773.

The average seat load factor was on the increase when compared to April 2011, reaching 76.5% - an increase of 3.5%, whilst aircraft movements for the month were 2.9% less than those in the corresponding period last year. The maximum take-off weight (MTOW) was 0.6% higher, whilst cargo and mail was 22.9% higher than that recorded during the same month in 2011.

The French, Spanish, German and Italian markets all registered increases in April, with 4.1%, 3.3%, 2.2% and 0.5% respectively, whereas the U.K. market registered a negligible decrease of 0.8%.

January – April 2012: Between January and April, passenger movements decreased by 2.6%, with aircraft movements registering a decrease of 7% over the same first four months of 2011. The seat capacity decreased by 7.9% whereas the average seat load factor increased by 3.9% over the first four months of 2011. In the same period, the MTOW decreased by 5.4% whereas Cargo and Mail increased by 5% over the same period of 2011. (Source: maltairport.com)