Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Malta's Hi Fly A343 hits an air bridge at Amsterdam-Schiphol

A Hi Fly Airbus A340-300 (9H-TQM) was damaged at Amsterdam-Schiphol International Airport in the Netherlands when the no.2 engine contacted the air bridge at gate G6. The aircraft had arrived as flight ferry flight AB-107P from Berlin-Tegel Airport, Germany and was due to operate flight OR-341 to Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic on behalf of TUI Airlines Netherlands. (Source: aviation-safety.net, 21-Nov-2016)

Thursday, November 10, 2016

Communications glitch causes seven Air Malta flights to delay

Seven Air Malta flights departing from Malta IAP were delayed this morning following a disruption in the airline's international communications network.
 


The affected flights, destined for Milan, Rome, Charles de Gaulle, Heathrow, Gatwick, Munich and Amsterdam, were delayed for 15-mins to three hours as a result of a computer link in the airline's international communications network which dropped. 

This meant that all passengers had to be checked in manually – a time consuming process – an Air Malta spokesperson told MaltaToday.
 
"The network has since been restored and operations are back to normal now. We apologise for the inconvenience caused," he said, while adding that it was an issue beyond the airline’s control. (Source: maltatoday, 10-Nov-2016)

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

M.I.A. plc release traffic results for/up to October 2016

Summer closed on a sunny note for Malta IAP, registering 3,645,812 passenger movements, which translate into a 6.3% growth.

During the summer period — which for the aviation industry stretches from the end of March until the end of October — the airport hosted over 210,000 passengers more than it did during the same period in 2015. These figures mark Malta IAP's busiest summer yet.

This increase was registered on the back of an upturn of 4.3% in seat capacity and an improved seat load factor, which climbed up to 85% from 83.3% in summer 2015. Moreover, a rise of 1.4% was also recorded in aircraft
movements.

The top five markets for the summer months were the U.K., Italy, Germany, France and Poland. A spike in passenger numbers of 46% put Polands growth well above that registered by the other four markets. While the U.K. and Germany both recorded an increase of 3%, the French market grew by 5% and Italy registered a more significant 11%.

Looking back at October shows that this month grew by 10.4% over 2015 to host over half a million passengers for the first time ever.

October's list of top drivers of traffic largely reflected the one for the summer months, with the U.K. (4%) holding to its top spot, followed by Italy (23%), Germany (18%), France (5%), and Switzerland (25%). 

The varying rates of growth for these markets in October stemmed from the launch of a number of new routes, enhanced operations to destinations such as Zurich, and a better seat load factor on flights to Amsterdam and Turkey. Moreover, an improvement of 2.5% brought October's seat load factor up to 86%. (Source: maltairport.com, 7-Nov-2016)

Friday, November 4, 2016

Ryanair's Malta-bound flight from Brussels diverts to Pisa

A Ryanair B737-800 (EI-DCW), performing flight FR-2906 from Brussels (Belgium) to Malta IAP (Malta) had to divert to Pisa (Italy) last night after a fight broke out between passengers on board. After a number of passengers were removed from the aircraft in Pisa, the flight continued to Malta, reaching destination with a delay of 1-hr on its original scheduled time. (4-Nov-2016)

Thursday, November 3, 2016

Ryanair launches new route Malta IAP-Toulouse

Ryanair launched today its new route between Malta IAP and Toulouse (France). The first scheduled flight, operated with Boeing B737-800 (EI-EVF), departed from Malta IAP (FR-3008) at 0750lt. The return flight from Toulouse landed at Malta IAP (FR-3009) at (sta 1240) 1248lt. Ryanair will be operating this route twice-weekly. (3-Nov-2016)

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Ryanair launches new route Valencia-Malta IAP

Ryanair launched today its new route between Valencia (Spain) and Malta IAP. The first scheduled flight, operated with Boeing B737-800 (EI-EBP), landed at Malta IAP (FR-7212) at 1516lt. The return flight to Valencia (FR-7213) departed from Malta IAP at 1621lt. Ryanair will be operating this new route twice weekly. (2-Nov-2016)

Ryanair launches new route Malta IAP-Nuremberg

Ryanair launched today its new route between Malta IAP and Nuremberg (Germany). The first scheduled flight, operated with Boeing B737-800 (EI-ESO), departed from Malta IAP (FR-2561) at 1738lt. The return flight from Nuremberg landed at Malta IAP (FR-2562) at 2306lt. Ryanair will be operating this route twice-weekly. (1-Nov-2016)

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

A Ryanair B737-800 (EI-DLV), performing flight FR-8853 from London-Stansted (U.K.) to Malta IAP (Malta) had to divert to Bologna (Italy) this evening due to medical emergency on board. The aircraft then continued with its flight to Malta IAP reaching destination with a delay of 1.5-hrs on its original scheduled time. (1-Nov-2016)