Friday, April 25, 2014

RAF's 'Red Arrows' confirms participation at 2014 Malta International Airshow

In a strong show of support by Great Britain and the Royal Air Force, the Red Arrows will be performing one show at this year’s Malta International Airshow. The Team has been to the Island several times but this year marks a double celebration for both Malta and the Red Arrows as together they have reached the 50 year milestone – Malta as an independent nation and the Red Arrows from their first-ever display.  

To the Malta Aviation Society and the Malta International Airshow this also marks a new height in the number of participating teams as the official confirmation by the Red Arrows means that for the first time ever there will be more than two national display teams lined up to offer a great spectacle in Malta’s skies. The Reds will be arriving Saturday afternoon after a display in Greece to get the jets prepared for the Sunday show. (Source:, 25-Apr-2014)

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Wizz Air to launch Gdansk-Malta route on June 20

Wizz Air, the largest low-cost airline in Central and Eastern Europe today announced a new route from Gdansk to Malta which will be operated from June 20, 2014, two times a week, on Mondays and Fridays. (Source: Wizz Air, 22-Apr-2014)

Vueling to add seasonal Sevilla-Malta service between June and August 2014

Vueling from 27-Jun-14 to 30-Aug-14 is introducing Sevilla-Malta service, offering twice weekly flights (Mondays/Tuesdays and Fridays/Saturdays) on board Airbus A320 aircraft. The flight from Sevilla (VY8872) departs at 2359lt, arriving at Malta at 0240lt the following day. The return flight (VY8873) from Malta departs at 0350lt arriving at Seville at 0645lt. (Source:, 21-Apr-2014)

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Air Malta dry leases A320 to Monarch Airlines

Air Malta dry leased one of its Airbus A320-200 (c/n. 2142, ex 9H-AEF) to U.K. carrier Monarch Airlines. The A320, now re-registered as G-ZBAR, departed for the last time form Malta IAP this afteroon on its ferry flight (by Monarch) to Birmingham IAP (U.K.). (23-Apr-2014)

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Transavia flight from Nantes welcomed to Malta IAP

Malta International Airport this morning welcomed the first weekly flight from Nantes, France operated by Transavia, a French low-cost company created by Air France and KLM Group. Passengers were welcomed by dancers in traditional Maltese costumes and were given a flower, courtesy of the Malta Tourism Authority. A cake was also prepared for the occasion highlighting aspects of Malta and Nantes as well as the Transavia brand. (Source:, 22-Apr-2014)

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Air Malta flight from London-Heathrow cancelled due to technical issues

An Air Malta flight from London-Heathrow was cancelled last night due to technical issues. Passengers were provided with hotel accommodation and transport to and from the airport, a spokesman for the airline said. He said that 60 passengers will be returning to Malta early this afternoon and another ten this evening. (Source:

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Air Malta A320 goes retro to celebrate the carrier's 40th anniversary

Air Malta this afternoon surprised the islands with an aircraft freshly painted with the airline's first ever livery as it kick-started its 40th anniversary celebrations. Aircraft 9H-AEI operated flight KM040 and landed in Malta from Ostrava in the Czech Republic, where it was repainted. The aircraft was on a long-term lease to Interjet in Mexico.

It performed two low flypasts on RWY 31 and overflew the island before landing, just before 6pm. It flew over the Grand Harbour, Sliema, the northern coastline of Malta, Mosta, Qrendi and Birzebbuga. The aircraft is being welcomed at Malta IAP this evening during an event being hosted by Air Malta. (Source:, 16-Apr-2014)

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Armed Forces of Malta signs contract for the acquisition of a second AW-139 helicopter

The Armed Forces of Malta announced the signature of a contract with AgustaWestland for the acquisition of a second AW-139 intermediated twin engine helicopter. The helicopter will be used to perform border control tasks and SAR missions. The delivery of the second AW-139 is expected for June 2015, while the first helicopter will be delivered in June 2014.

This order is part of the ongoing plan to strengthen the capabilities of the Armed Forces of Malta, through the External Borders Fund 2007-2013. This helicopter was an operational requirement that forms part of the medium to long term logistics plan of the AFM. Apart from the array of operational capabilities this acquisition provides the Maltese Armed Forces with a modern modular air platform meeting today’s and tomorrow’s service requirements.

The AW-139 has a maximum speed of 193 mph, a range of almost 600 miles, and service ceiling of 20,000 feet. This will enhance the AFM’s capability to operate out at sea for an extended duration and at a greater distance than what is currently possible. 

The helicopter is equipped with state-of-the-art equipment package for maritime patrol and SAR missions that includes a high-definition FLIR system, search/weather radar, cabin mission console, naval transponder, search light, satellite communication system, a 4-axis autopilot with SAR modes, external rescue hoist and four bag floatation system. 

This state of the art intermediate twin-engine helicopter features the largest cabin in its category for greater mission flexibility and comfort. 

(Source: Armed Forces of Malta, 10-Apr-2014)

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Italy's 'Frecce Tricolori' confirms participation at 2014 Malta International Airshow

After an unforgettable display during the 2011 edition of the Malta International Airshow, the world-famous 'Frecce Tricolori' return to Malta's skies to entertain the public with the team's unique demonstration of precision, art and spectacle that the team is so renowned for. 

The 'Frecce Tricolori' is made up of ten Italian-built MB-339PAN aircraft, making the team the world's largest display team. The Malta Aviation Society is honoured to include the 'Frecce Tricolori' to the airshow line-up and thanks everybody involved in bringing back the team to Malta. (Source:, 8-Apr-2014)

Monday, April 7, 2014

Air Malta launches Summer 2014 schedule

Air Malta has unveiled its summer flight schedule for 2014, offering customers a selection of 165 weekly flights to 33 destinations around Europe, northern Africa and the eastern Mediterranean.

The airline will add two new routes to its network this summer; Venice (Marco Polo Airport) and Parma (Giuseppe Verdi Airport). This season it will again operate to Algiers and has changed airport in Istanbul to Sabiha-Gokcen Airport, the world’s fastest growing airport.

This summer Air Malta is operating direct scheduled flights to Algiers, Amsterdam, Athens, Benghazi, Berlin, Brussels, Budapest, Catania, Duesseldorf, Frankfurt, Geneva, Hamburg, Istanbul, London–Gatwick, London–Heathrow, Lyon, Manchester, Marseille, Milan–Linate, Parma, Moscow-Domodedovo, Moscow-Sheremetyevo, Munich, Paris–Charles De Gaulle, Paris–Orly, Prague, Rome, Sofia, St. Petersburg, Tripoli, Venice, Vienna and Zurich. 

Air Malta will also operate regular charter flights to seven regional airports in the U.K. that can be booked by the Maltese public. These airports are Birmingham, Bristol, Cardiff, Exeter, Glasgow, Newcastle and Norwich. (Source:, 7-Apr-2014)

Saturday, April 5, 2014

M.I.A. plc release traffice results for first quarter of 2014

Malta IAP this year registered the best ever figures for the first three months of the year, with a total of 655,942 passengers in January, February and March 2014. This marks an increase of 8.4% over last year, breaking all previous records for the shoulder months. This was mostly due to an increased seat capacity of 7.6%. 

The positive results registered in January and February were continued last month with more than 263,363 passengers passing through the airport, an increase of 5.7% from March 2013. These March figures were due to an added capacity of 5.3% and a consistent seat load factor of 78.1%. Traffic from the U.K. dropped by 2% compared to last year, but large increases were registered in Libya (31.9%), Germany (15.1%), Italy (14.1%) and France (7.7%).

Despite overall seat capacity on U.K. routes remained relatively unchanged, the seat load factor suffered 2.3% to reach an average of 84.9% for the month as less passengers where carried when compared to the same period last year. This was due to the operation of less flights and reduced capacity on some of these routes.

Aircraft movements for March increased by 5.2%, while cargo and mail registered a decline of 1.7% over the previous year. (Source:, 4-Apr-2014)

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Wizz Air to launch Malta-Sofia route as from June 20

Wizz Air, the largest low-cost airline in Central and Eastern Europe today announced a new route from Malta to Sofia which will be operated from June 20, 2014 two times a week, on Mondays and Fridays. The Bulgarian capital is the third destination from Malta. (Source: Wizz Air, 1-Apr-2014)