Friday, June 30, 2017

Hellenic AF Texan II for 2017 Malta Int'l Airshow

The Hellenic Air Force will participate for the 3rd time in the Malta International Airshow. The Hellenic AF T-6A "Daedalus" Demo Team will be sending one T-6A Texan II to Malta for static display. The team had participated for the first time in the 2015 edition when it graced our skies.

The T-6A Aircraft Demonstration Team constitutes an ambitious venture which aims at spreading and cultivating the air concept in the Greek community and at enhancing the morale of the Hellenic Armed Forces, while, at the same time, it is projecting the work of the Hellenic AF to the wide public. (Source:, 30-Jun-2017)

Air Malta considering reopening of Frankfurt route

Air Malta is currently reconsidering the possibility of reopening its Frankfurt route, tourism Minister K. Mizzi has confirmed. Mizzi was responding to a supplementary parliamentary question put to him by shadow tourism minister R. Arrigo, this morning.

According to the minister, Air Malta's marketing team was currently evaluating the possibility of opening a number of new routes, as well as others which might have been closed in the past.

He stressed however, that if Air Malta were to reopen its Frankfurt route, this would have to come with a holistic plan and long-term.
 "It would have to be done well and would not result in Air Malta returning for one season," said the minister. (Source:, 30-Jun-2017)

Monday, June 26, 2017

Air Malta reintroduces scheduled service Malta-Tunis-Malta

National airline Air Malta has reintroduces today scheduled service between Malta and the Tunisian capital, Tunis, after an absence of eight years.
 Today's first flight, operated with an Airbus A320-200 (9H-AEQ), departed from Malta IAP at 0204lt (KM-684) and returned back to Malta at 0558lt (KM-685). Air Malta will be offering this new service three times weekly, on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. (26-Jun-2017)

Friday, June 23, 2017

The Turkish Stars for 2017 Malta Int'l Airshow

The renowned Turkish aerobatic team, The Turkish Stars be showing off their magnificence in the Maltese skies for the first time ever in the history of the Malta International Airshow. 

The team performs its displays with seven supersonic fighter jets, the Canadair NF-5s, which had been obtained from the Royal Netherlands Air Force. This makes the Turkish Stars one of the very few national aerobatics teams to perform with supersonic aircraft. 
Twelve F-5s are available to the team. 

The team makes use of C-130 Hercules, C-160 Transall or the newly acquired Airbus A400M support aircraft, as support aircraft. The Team is stationed at the Konya Air Base of 3rd Main Jet Base Group Command.

The Mission of the Turkish Stars is to represent the Turkish Air Force on a National and International platform, and also to represent the Republic of Turkey abroad. The team was formed on November 7, 1992 and was named the Turkish Stars on January 11, 1993. 

Coincidentally this year the team is also celebrating its 25th year making the debut much more something to look forward to, as we celebrate this prestigious milestone together.

The team was originally scheduled to feature in the 2014 edition but due to last minute changes their participation had to be postponed. 

The Malta Aviation Society, organisers of the Malta International Airshow is honored and thrilled with to host the Turkish Air Force Aerobatic Team, Turkish Stars. (Source:, 23-Jun-2017)

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

M.I.A plc releases traffic results for May 2017

As the summer months set in, traffic at Malta IAP continued on its upward trend picked up over the past months, with May registering an increase of 14.4% in passenger numbers over the same time last year.

Malta IAP hosted a total of 548,354 travellers in May, with over 68,000 more travellers welcomed last month when compared to 2016. This increase in passenger numbers is equivalent to an extra 12 commercial aircraft carrying a full load of 180 passengers every day last month.

This growth was fueled by an upturn of 12.5% in aircraft movements and 15.1% in seat capacity. On the other hand, seat load factor, which measures airlines' efficiency in filling seats, decreased marginally by 0.9% and stood at 80.5%.

The airport's top five markets have remained unchanged during the past months, with the U.K. topping the list followed by Italy, Germany, France, and Belgium. All of these markets registered varying levels of growth, starting from a 10.0% increase on German destinations and reaching 132% for traffic from Brussels. (Source:, Jun-2017)