Friday, February 23, 2018

Wizz A320 bound to Skopje returns back to Malta IAP due to lightning strike

A WizzAir Airbus A320-200 (HA-LWI), operating scheduled flight W6-7766 between Malta IAP and Skopje-Alexander the Great (Macedonia), had to return back to Malta IAP this morning after it was struck by lightning minutes after departing.  The aircraft landed safely on RWY 31 at Malta IAP at 0928lt, 22-mins after departing.  M.I.A.'s Rescue and Fire Fighting Services were deployed on adjacent taxiways as a precaution.  After lenghty repairs and a test flt, the aircraft departed again as W6-7766 to Skopje at 1732lt. (23-Feb-2018)

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Malta IAP temporarily shuts down because of fire in aquarium pump room

A small fire in the arrivals lounge at Malta Int'l Airport has led to the evacuation of hundreds of persons from the building this afternoon.  

According to a statement issued by Malta IAP, the airport fire-fighting section went on site immediately.  Civil Protection personnel were also present to assist in the evacuation.  Malta IAP has confirmed that no one was injured in the evacuation. 

TVM is informed that only one person needed treatment after inhaling smoke in the fire which started at about 2.15 p.m., and an operation was initiated to put out the fire. In a couples of hours the situation to return to normal.

The Minister for Home Affairs and National Security, Dr M. Farrugia, stated that a fire had started in the pump room of the aquarium situated between the Schengen and non-Schengen zones.

Consequently a number of flights have been effected by the situation. Three inbound flights to Malta IAP had to divert to other airports before proceeding to Malta - TUI Airways BY-4266 from London-Gatwick (U.K.) and Ryanair FR-8812 from Krakow (Poland) both diverted to Catania-Fontanrossa (Sicily), while British Airways BA-2644 from London-Gatwick diverted to Rome-Fiumicinio (Italy).  (Sources:, Malta IAP &; 20-Feb-2018)

Monday, February 19, 2018

Air Malta to get tenth aircraft, new flights to London-Southend and Cagliari

Air Malta will be leasing its tenth aircraft later this year to cater for increased demand from new routes the company will operate.  Chairperson C. Mangion said the ninth aircraft would be coming into service over the next two months.  The tenth aircraft will initially be needed for the summer months, starting in May.  

Dr Mangion was speaking at a press conference during which the airline announced new routes to Cagliari airport in Sardinia and London-Southend, U.K.  Air Malta will operate flights to these airports from Malta, while also connecting Cagliari and Catania airports to London-Southend.  

London-Southend is a relatively new airport built for the London Olympics in 2012, situated 45 minutes away from the centre.  Air Malta will retain its slots at Gatwick and Heathrow.

Tourism Minister K. Mizzi said the government’s strategy was to ensure Malta was well connected with mainland Europe, as well as other countries in the Mediterranean.  He said the choice of Southend represented an experiment with the "low cost dimension", in an airport that was still establishing itself. (Source:, 19-Feb-2018)

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

DC Aviation Malta secures AOC

DC Aviation Malta has obtained an air operator's certificate (AOC) from Transport Malta.  The Maltese unit of Germany business charter specialist DC Aviation was set up in 2008, but thus far operated without a local AOC.  The company offers fixed based operation, aircraft management, aircraft charter, and aircraft handling services. (Source:, 13-Feb-2018)

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

M.I.A. plc releases traffic results for Jan18

Following on from 2017's uninterrupted double-digit growth, Malta IAP started 2018 with an upswing of 16.7% in passenger numbers.  January traffic grew by more than 50,000 passenger movements over the same comparable stretch in 2017, bringing the month to a close with 351,550 passengers.

Moreover, a number of route developments and increased flight frequencies for the winter season, contributed to a 15.2% increase in aircraft movements and a 16.8% increase in seat capacity.  On the other hand, seat load factor decreased marginally by 1.1 PPD, and stood at 71.6% for the month of January.

Outperforming Italy by just 1,450 passenger movements, the U.K. held on to its first place amongst Malta IAP's top drivers of traffic for January.  These two markets were followed by Germany, France, and Poland, which cumulatively accounted for over 22% of the month's total traffic.

Whilst all five markets registered double-digit growth, at 82.2%, Poland's increase was by far the strongest, auguring well for the joint endeavours of Malta IAP, the government, and the Malta Tourism Authority to maximise the potential presented by the Eastern European market through better connections with the region.

Meanwhile, traffic results released just yesterday by Airports Council International show that Malta IAP was one of the top five performers, in terms of full-year growth, amongst airports in its class, each hosting between five and ten million passengers annually. (Source:, 6-Feb-2018)

Friday, February 2, 2018

Air Malta registers 21% growth in last three months

Preliminary figures show that Air Malta carried over 328,000 passengers between November 2017 and January 2018, an increase of 21% over the same period last year.  During this period the airline operated 1,050 flights, an increase of 21% over last year, the airline said in a statement.  Month on month, Air Malta registered a growth in passengers; +18% in November and +24% in December. The airline carried over 97,400 passengers in January, a growth of 22% over January 2017.

"These results show a healthy growth phase for the airline. Italy is performing very well with our Rome, Milan and Catania achieving above average growth.  Impressive increases were also registered on Munich, Amsterdam and Vienna on which we have doubled our capacity from a three times weekly operation to a daily one.  In September 2017 we made a significant change in our strategy with the introduction of Go Light, our hand luggage only fare.  This product is helping us positioning ourselves better in the market," said P. Sies, Air Malta Chief Commercial Officer. (Source:, 2-Feb-2018)

Air Malta and airBaltic to start codeshare flights

The Latvian airline Air Baltic and the national airline of the Maltese Islands – Air Malta have concluded a cooperation agreement, known as code-share agreement.

This partnership with Air Malta will enable Air Baltic passengers to reach Malta every day via common gateways in Europe as well as additional destinations served from Malta.  In turn this agreement will offer Air Malta passengers better connectivity to the Baltics and Eastern Europe.

Air Malta will place its flight code KM on direct flights Malta-Riga operated by 
Air Baltic as well as connecting flights between Malta and the Baltics, whilst Air Baltic will put its code BT on flights from Riga, Vilnius, and Tallinn to Malta as well as to Catania (Italy) via common gateways. (Source:, 1-Feb-18)