Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Air Malta wet-leases an A320 to Sky Airline, Chile

Air Malta's Airbus A320-214 '9H-AEF' departed from Malta Int'l Airport this morning on winter lease with Sky Airline of Chile. This is the sixth wet-lease agreement between both airlines since 2007. The aircraft will re-join Air Malta's fleet in March 2014.

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Lufthansa Technik Malta inaugurates a newly-extended hangar at Malta IAP

Tourism Minister K. Vella this morning reiterated government support to the aviation maintenance sector as he inaugurated a newly-extended hangar at Lufthansa Technik Malta. The extension will enable the company to work simultaneously on three large wide-bodied aircraft. The extension, which cost some €4.5 million, will allow the hangar to accommodate planes such as the Airbus A330 and A340. Lufthansa Technik Malta CEO S. Drewes said the hangar extension would play a pivotal role in bringing large carriers to the island. (Source: timesofmalta.com, 21-Nov-2013)

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Vueling to expand operations at Rome-Fiuminco in 2004, announces new flights to Malta IAP

Vueling has launched today at a press conference what will be the largest growth of the company for the next summer season 2014. The airline has presented a 267% growth at the Rome-Fiumicino airport, linking it with a total of 33 direct destinations within Italy and Europe. Vueling will offer its passengers 17 new direct international routes from Rome, including three weekly flights to Malta IAP. (Source: Vueling, 20-Nov-2013)

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Niki adds Malta to its 2014 summer schedule

Austrian airline Niki has added Malta to its summer schedule next year. It said it will start flights between Vienna and Malta on Mar. 30. There will be flights on Sundays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Flights arrive in Malta at 1.20 p.m. and in Vienna at 4.20 p.m. (Source: timesofmalta.com, 14-Nov-2013)

Sunday, November 10, 2013

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

A five-month streak of exceptional performance by the Malta IAP has culminated in a 17.5% increase in passenger movements during October 2013. Compared to October 2012, passenger movements increased to 409,575 passengers, a figure only matched in June during last year.

Traffic from the U.K. grew by 2.4% while traffic from Germany grew by 47.7%. France, Italy and Spain registered growths of 29.8%, 21.1% and 15.6% respectively. Aircraft movements and seat capacity also increased by 14.8% and 15.2% respectively over the same period last year. The average seat load factor duplicate increased by 1.5%, reaching 81.6% while the maximum take-off weight increased by 13.7% and cargo mail increased by 4.7%.

Between January and October, there were over 3.5 million passenger movements, an increase of 9.9% compared to last year. Airport traffic broke records every month this year and September and October reached previously unmatched figures only recorded during peak months. (Source: maltatoday.com.mt, 10-Nov-2013)