Saturday, November 29, 2014

Turkish Airlines A321 diverts to Malta IAP

A Turkish Airlines Airbus A321-200 (TC-JRE), performing flight TK-645 from Istantbul-Ataturk IAP (Turkey) to Misratah (Libya), had to divert to Malta International Airport this afternoon due to bad weather at destination. The aircraft returned to Istanbul after four hours on the ground. (28-Nov-2013)

Friday, November 21, 2014

Malta IAP hits four million passengers milestone in record time

Malta International Airport today welcomed its four millionth passenger this year, achieving this milestone in record time: more than a month earlier than last year. The figure means that the airport saw an average of more than 12,000 passengers every day, enough to fill up Wembley Stadium each week. 

The airport’s results are even more impressive when compared to other European airports in its category. For the period ending September, European airports reported a growth of 6.4% while the Malta International Airport registered an increase of 7.2%. These accomplishments were mainly driven by the additional seat capacity together with an improvement in average seat load factor to reach an overall 79.6%. (Source:, 21-Nov-2014)

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Hermes Aviation confirms Malta-Sicily-Italy flights

Maltese-based Hermes Aviation has confirmed plans to enter the Italian domestic market with effect from Dec. 15th. The return flights, operated under the Fly Hermes banner, will operate six weekly from Malta to Turin via Comiso and from Turin to Palermo. Operations are on-board the airline's only aircraft, a B734. (Source:, 19-Nov-2014)

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Air Malta's flight to London-Gatwick returns back for technical reasons

An Air Malta Airbus A320-200 (9H-AEK), performing flight KM-116 from Malta IAP and London-Gatwick (U.K.), was enroute at FL360 about 130-nm northwest of Palermo (Italy), over the Tyrrhenian Sea, when the crew decided to return to Malta due to a cracked windshield The flight took-off from Malta IAP around 0850lt and re-landed normally around 1025lt. Flight KM-116 took-off again from Malta IAP at around 1210lt, operated by another A320 (9H-AEP).

M.I.A. plc releases traffic results for October 2014

Malta IAP saw a 2.9% increase in traffic in October 2014, welcoming a total of 421,726 passengers. During October, the total number of landings and take-offs at the airport increased by 0.5% to 2,997. These figures were stimulated by an overall seat load factor reaching 83.9% for the month, compared to 81.6% last year.

The airport's top market, the U.K. - representing over 28% of all traffic - saw a marginal drop of 0.8% over October 2013. France registered the largest growth at 25.8%, due to increased capacity on both Paris routes and the introduction of the Nantes route. The other core markets, Italy and Germany, saw an increase of 8.9% and 2.8% respectively. Switzerland established itself as the fifth major market last month, marking a growth of 20.2%. 

Between January and October this year, Malta International Airport saw an increase of 6.7% when compared to last year’s figures, hosting a total of 3,807,534 passengers. The maximum take-off weight decreased by 0.3% and cargo and mail increased by 12.1%. (Source:, 4-Nov-2014)