Saturday, October 26, 2013

Air Malta launches its winter schedule

Air Malta has launched its winter schedule running up to end of March. During this season, the airline plans to operate more than 100 weekly flights and carry over half a million passengers to and from Malta. Customers are being offered a choice of 26 scheduled destinations and connections and services to major European gateways.

"This winter we have increased substantially our frequencies on Russia and will operate three weekly flights on a charter basis to Israel. We have also revised our code share agreements to offer a wider range of destinations as well as enhance flight connections to Malta from destinations beyond our network", chief commercial officer P. Saunders said.

Air Malta will be operating direct flights to/from: Amsterdam, Athens, Benghazi, Berlin, Brussels, Catania, Dusseldorf, Frankfurt, Hamburg, Istanbul, London (Gatwick and Heathrow), Manchester, Milan, Moscow (Domodedovo and Sheremetyevo), Munich, Paris (Charles de Gaulle and Orly), Rome, Sofia, Tripoli, Vienna and Zurich. 

The airline will also be operating intra-European flights between Amsterdam and Brussels, Catania and Munich as well as between Athens and Sofia. 

(Source: timesofmalta.com, 26-Oct-2013)

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Lufthansa Technik Malta expands overhaul capacity

Lufthansa Technik Malta, a subsidiary of Lufthansa Technik, is expanding its hangar capacity for maintenance and overhaul work on Airbus widebody aircraft. With the addition to the smallest of the three hangars in Malta, which has been used to date only for narrowbody aircraft, the building will be able to accommodate aircraft up to the size of an Airbus A330 or A340. The additional, flexible maintenance dock in the enlarged hangar means that engineers and mechanics at the company’s site at Malta International Airport in Luqa can work on up to three widebody aircraft simultaneously. (Source: avitrader.com, 8-Oct-2013)

Friday, October 4, 2013

British Airways returning to Malta in March 2014

British Airways will be returning to Malta in March next year, the company announced. It will be offering a daily flight from and to London-Gatwick starting on March 30. Hand-baggage only tickets in economy will start from £55 one-way, including all taxes and charges. Seats in economy for customers who chose to take a bag, including all taxes and charges, start at £67 one-way and one-way business fares start at £274. (Source: timesofmalta.com, 4-Oct-2013)

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

Malta International Airport hit yet another record last month as September traffic increased by 10.8% over the same period last year. September saw 452,294 passengers pass through the airport, a great follow up to the more than 500,000 passengers registered in August, M.I.A.’s best month ever.
 
Cumulatively, the results for the first nine months of the year show an increase of nine per cent when compared to the same period last year, thanks mostly to an increase in seat capacity. In all, there were 3.2 million passenger movements for this year so far.

Germany and Italy were the main contributors to September’s success, with increase of 33.7% and 19.1% respectively. Traffic from France grew by 14.9% while U.K. passengers increased by 1.1%. Spain recorded a decrease of 6.4%. 

Aircraft movements and seat capacity also increased by 10.6% and 12.1% respectively in September over the same period last year. The average seat load factor decreased by one percentage point to 84.6%. Meanwhile, the maximum take-off weight increased by 11.2% and cargo mail increased by 3.9%. (Source: maltairport.com. 4-Oct-2013)