Thursday, November 19, 2015

CSA Czech Airlines to operate Prague-Malta route next summer

CSA Czech Airlines in summer 2016 season plans to introduce additional new routes from Prague, including amongst is the new route to Malta. The Prague-Malta-Prague will commence on Jun. 11th with one weekly flight, on Saturdays, up to Sep. 24th. A second weekly route will be introduced on Tuesdays between Jun. 28th and Aug. 30th. (Source: airlineroute.net, 18-Nov-2015)

Friday, November 13, 2015

Iberia Express adds Madrid-Malta service in summer 2016

Iberia Express, Iberia's low-cost subsidiary, in summer 2016 season plans to offer flights on Madrid-Malta route. The Madrid-Malta-Madrid will commence on Jun. 18th with three weekly flights (on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays) up to Sep. 17th (Source: airlineroute.net, 13-Nov-2015)

Friday, November 6, 2015

M.I.A. plc releases traffic results for October 2015

Autumn at Malta IAP began on a positive note this year with passenger numbers comparable to those typically experienced during the early summer months. Passenger movements this October showed the greatest increase of any month in 2015 so far, with a 10.2% growth over October 2014. 

In total, 464,557 passengers passed through the airport, representing a net gain of 42,834, over October last year. The rise in traffic has moved in line with seat capacity growth of 11.4% last month.

The airport also saw its four millionth passenger last month, a considerable shift forward from last year when passenger figures hit this same milestone on the Nov. 21st, a full month later. 
 
With the exception of Germany which underwent a dip of 7.3%, all of the airport’s top ten performing countries last month exceeded their passenger numbers over the previous year. France demonstrated a modest increase of 1.4%, while Turkey shot ahead, almost doubling its numbers from 6,705 to 12,949 passengers this October. 

Additional flights to the Netherlands also led passenger figures to grow by an impressive 40.4%. Other high-performing countries include Austria and Sweden which increased by 20.8% and 29%, as well as Switzerland which saw a 29% boost due to the entry of a new carrier into the Swiss market. 

The top two destinations remained the U.K. and Italy which grew by 9.6% and 10.1% respectively and constituted a combined total of 18,626 additional passengers last month.
 
In October, cargo increased by 3.6% which constituted an additional 52 tonnes. This means the airport carried the equivalent of 2,300 filled suitcases in additional cargo when compared to the figures registered last year. (Source: maltairport.com, 5-Nov-2015)

Thursday, November 5, 2015

Air Malta plane makes precautionary landing after bird strike

An Air Malta aircraft made a precautionary landing after a bird strike as it took-off for Duesseldorf (KM-352) yesterday. 

A passenger who was on board the plane said the plane levelled out soon after take-off and the pilot informed those on board that it had been decided to return to Malta as a precautionary measure because of a bird strike. The plane circled the island and then landed safely. 

"The crew on board was working perfectly and professionally," the passenger said. He described the landing as 'perfect' and said the plane immediately headed to the maintenance area where it was examined by engineers. 

They found evidence of a bird strike and remains of the bird were also found on the runway. The plane itself was ready for flight after about an hour. One passenger refused to fly again and was taken to the terminal building. (Source: timesofmalta.com, 5-Nov-2015)

easyJet to fly Malta-Geneva service next summer

easyJet is to fly a new route between Malta and Geneva from the coming summer. The new summer service commences on Mar. 29th. Flights will operate twice weekly on Tuesdays and Saturdays with fares starting from €31.49 one way per person. A. Gayward, UK commercial manager for easyJet, commented: "I am really pleased that we are adding another destination to our network from Malta. We will now operate to six destinations from Malta and have come a long way since the launch of our first flight to Malta back in March 2008. (Source: timesofmalta.com, 4-Nov-2015)

Sunday, November 1, 2015

easyJet A319 diverts to Malta IAP due to bad weather at Catania

An easyJet Airbus A319-100 (G-DBCE), performing flight BA-2694 from London-Gatwick (U.K.) to Catania-Fontanarossa (Sicily), had to divert to Malta International Airport this morning (around 1140lt) due to a bad weather at Catania airport. The aircraft continued with its flight to Catania after a two-hour tech-stop at Malta IAP. (1-Nov-2015)