Saturday, February 23, 2013

HiFly Ltd applies for air operators certificate in Malta

HiFly, a world player in aircraft wet lease operations, has applied for an air operators certificate for its sister company HiFly Ltd., in Malta. Transport Malta said the certificate should see the phasing in of the first of a number of wide-bodied aircraft under the Maltese aviation registry. The company wants to have a dedicated team in Malta and is shortlisting offices to rent. It will also shortly embark on a recruitment process for the required ground personnel and air crew. (Source:, 22-Feb-2013)

Friday, February 22, 2013

Turkish Airlines to start operating to Malta this summer

Turkish Airlines, one of the leading European airlines, today announced that it will be flying between Istanbul and Malta as of this summer. The announcement was made during a news conference held at Auberge d’Italie in Valletta. Turkish Airlines representative Muhammed Soner Aydin said that the airline will operate three weekly flights to Malta (Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Saturdays), linking Malta to the worldwide network of Turkish Airlines. The airline – which forms part of Star Alliance – flies to 217 cities, 219 airports. (Source:, 22-Feb-2013)

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Air Malta to operate charter flights to seven U.K. regional airports

This summer season, between May and October, Air Malta will again operate weekly charter flights to/from seven regional airports in the United Kingdom. In line with demand and operations in previous years, Air Malta will operate charter flights to/from Birmingham and Cardiff with two flights every week on Tuesdays and Fridays, and weekly flights on Tuesdays to/from Bristol, Exeter, Newcastle, Norwich and Glasgow airports.

These charter flights increase accessibility to the islands from regional U.K. airports and thus offer travellers the opportunity to travel out and back from their nearest home airport. Furthermore, such flights also attract the interest of the Maltese traveller to visit family and friends in various cities in the United Kingdom. The operation of such regional services was made possible thanks to the support received from tour operators and travel trade partners in the areas. (Source: Air Malta, 19-Feb-2013)

Friday, February 15, 2013

Corsair B744 diverts to Malta IAP due to medical emergency on board

A Corsair International Boeing B747-400 (F-HLOV), performing flight CRL952 from Paris-Orly (France) to Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam Int'l, Plaisance (Mauritius), had to divert to Malta IAP this evening due to a sick female passenger on board. The aircraft landed on RWY 31 around 2025LT and departing again to Mauritius around 2205LT. (15-Feb-2013)

Monday, February 4, 2013

M.I.A. plc releases traffic results for January 2013

Passenger movements at Malta IAP for the first month of the year reached 179,243; which is an 8% increase when compared to January 2012. The average seat load factor hit 66.3%, denoting an increase of 1.1% when compared to Jan-2012. Aircraft movements for the month increased by 4.1% over Jan-2012. Likewise, the seat capacity for the month reached 270,400, i.e. an increase of 6.2% over Jan-2012. The maximum take-off weight was 4.9% higher than the corresponding period of 2012, whilst cargo and mail registered a staggering 29.3% increase over Jan-2012.

The Italian market registered the highest increase in absolute figures, with 5,808 more passenger movements, equivalent to an increase of 17.8% on those in January 2012. The U.K. market registered an increase of 3,892 passenger movements, resulting in an increase of 6.8%, whereas Libya has seen an increase of 2,115 passenger movements, translating in an increase of 45.6%. The French market registered an increase of 1,163 passenger movements, i.e. an increase of 20.8%. The German market retracted slightly and registered a negligible decrease of 42 passenger movements, i.e. 0.2% less than those in the corresponding period in 2012. (Source:, 4-Feb-2013)