Saturday, July 30, 2016

Ryanair's Malta-bound flight from Liverpool diverts to London-Stansted

A Ryanair B737-800 (EI-DWH), performing flight FR-8928 from Liverpool (U.K.) to Malta IAP (Malta) was forces to divert to London-Stansted airport (U.K.) yesterday evening after a male passenger suffered a minor medical emergency. The aircraft then continued with its flight to Malta IAP reaching destination with a delay of two hours on its original scheduled time. (30-Jul-2016)

Friday, July 29, 2016

Royal Netherlands Navy HNLMS Tromp calls at Valletta Port

The Royal Netherlands Navy De Zeven Provincient-class frigate HNLMS Tromp (F 803) has sailed into Valletta Port (the Grand Harbour) this afternoon around 1535lt on a short visit.

HNLMS Tromp has an NH-90 helicopter on board, serial N-319.

The Dutch frigate is presently berthing alongside at Pinto-1 wharf, and she's scheduled to sail from Valletta Port at 1800lt. (29-Jul-2016)

Thursday, July 21, 2016

French Navy FS Cmdt. Bouan calls at Valletta Port

The French Navy D'Estienne d'Orves-class corvette FS Commandant Bouan (F 797) sailed into Valletta Port (the Grand Harbour) this morning on a courtesy visit. 

The French corvette is presently berthing alongside at Boiler wharf and she's expected to sail from Malta in the coming days. (21-Jul-2016)

Thursday, July 14, 2016

M.I.A plc releases revised mid-year projections for 2016

Malta IAP is expecting 4.97 million passengers to pass through the airport by the end of the year, according to its revised mid-year projections. This would surpass all traffic records achieved so far. The first six months of this year alone already saw an additional 195,574 passenger movements compared to the same period last year, an increase of 9.8%.

Addressing a press conference, M.I.A. CEO A. Borg said this increase was even more significant as the growth was being registered in both peak and shoulder months, in line with the nation-wide strategy to promote Malta as a year-round destination.

He added that June alone registered an increase of 6.8% in passenger movements, continuing with the positive trends observed during the first five months of the year. This growth was stimulated by an increase in seat capacity and airlines' increased efficiency in filling up these available seats. In fact, seat load factor for the period between January and June reached 80%, while seat capacity grew by 7.4%.

Malta’s top market remains the U.K., with 612,413 passenger movements in the first six months of 2016, followed by Italy (459,657) and Germany (284,889). On the other hand, the markets that registered the largest growth were Turkey (37%) and Switzerland (36.4%), following the introduction of more frequent flights leaving Malta IAP to Istanbul and Zurich and Geneva, respectively.

In the meantime, other noteworthy developments for 2016 include enhanced winter operations and schedules by Ryanair, SAS and WizzAir and the introduction of new and added flights by Air Malta, Lufthansa, and easyJet. (Source:, 13-Jul-2016)

Thursday, July 7, 2016

Polish AF aerobtic team Iskry confirms participation at the 2016 Malta International Airshow

The Polish Air Force aerobtic Team Iskry will be gracing Malta’s skies for the first time ever at the 2016 Malta International Airshow. 

The aircraft used by the Team is the TS-11 Iskra aircraft. The team is based at 1 Air Training Centre in Deblin, Poland. The team was originally formed in 1969 at the 60 Training Wing in Radom under the name Rombik, the team flew four TS-11 Iskras. The official name 'Iskry' was adopted in 1991. After last year’s successful particzptaion by the ‘Orlik’ Team also from the Polish Air Force visitor’s will be able to witness this Polish aerobatic team in 2016.

The PZL TS-11 Iskra is a Polish jet trainer aircraft, used by the Polish Air Force. It is the main training aircraft of the Polish Air Force, and as the oldest jet aircraft still in service in Poland.

The organizing Team of the Malta International Airshow is looking forward to host for the first time the Team Iskry. (Source:, 7-Jul-2016)

TM/DCA: Malta Aircraft Register update

Transport Malta/Directorate of Civil Aviation published today the latest update of the Maltese Aircraft Register.

New addition/s: 
  • 9H-MTT - Fokker F27-500 (c/n. 10378), registered to MiniLiner 2.0, Italy (ex I-MLTT)
  • 9H-MUT - Fokker F27-500 (c/n. 10369), registered to MiniLiner 2.0, Italy (ex I-MLUT)
  • 9H-VCM - Bombardier Challenger 350 (c/n. 20624), registered to VistaJet Ltd.
  • 9H-VJW - Bombardier Global 6000 (c/n. 9728), registered to VistaJet Ltd. (ex C-FKFY)
  • 9H-IRI - Cessna 560XLS Citation Excel (c/n. 560-5723), registered to Oblo' Trading Ltd. (rrg OE-GGF)
  • 9H-SNT - Piper 28RT-201T Turbo Arrow IV (c/n. 28R-8031016), registered to European Pilot Academy (rrg G-OROA)
(Source: Transport Malta, 6-Jul-2016)

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

French Navy FS Aconit calls at Valletta Port

The French Navy La Fayette-class frigate FS Aconit (F 713) has sailed into Valletta Port (the Grand Harbour) this morning on a courtesy visit.

FS Aconit has an AS-565SA Panther helicopter on board, serial 486.

The French frigate is currently berthing alongside at Pinto-3 wharf, and she's expected to sail from Valletta Port in the coming days. (5-Jul-2016)

Irish Naval Service LE Roisin recalls at Valletta Port

The Irish Naval Service Roisin-class offshore-patrol vessel LE Roisin (P 51) has sailed into Valletta Port (the Grand Harbour) this morning on a courtesy visit. This is her third visit in Valletta Port this year.

The Irish OPV is currently deployed in the Mediterranean and assigned to E.U. Naval Force Mediterranean (Operation Sofia).

LE Roisin is presently berthing alongside at Wine wharf and she's expected to sail from Malta in the coming days. (5-Jul-2016)

Air Malta re-launches schedule service to Palermo

Air Malta has re-launched scheduled service to Palermo (Sicily, Italy) this afternoon. The outbound flight to Parlemo (KM-662), operated with Airbus A320-200 (9H-AEN), departed Malta IAP at 1324lt. The return flight (KM-663) re-landed at Malta IAP at 1554lt. Air Malta will be operating this route twice weekly, on Mondays and Thursdays. (4-Jul-2016)