Air Malta has launched three new direct services to London-Southend airport in the past week.
The airline began by introducing a three times weekly connection on the 2,100-kilometre sector from Malta on May 4th, with this route operating on Tuesdays, Fridays and Saturdays.
It then launched a link on the 1,513-kilometre Cagliari sector on May 6th, followed by the introduction of the 1,928-kilometre Catania route on May 7th. The Cagliari and Catania routes will both be served twice-weekly with the former operated on Wednesdays and Sundays, and the latter on Mondays and Thursdays.
This means that Air Malta will offer one flight per day from Southend, year-round. There is no competition on the Cagliari and Catania airport pairs, which are the only services Air Malta operates from a U.K. airport that do not feature a direct connection to Malta. On both the Sardinia and Sicily links, there is an option to travel onward to Malta after a short stop.
The direct Malta flights are the only new link with incumbent competition, with easyJet already providing two flights per week. All three routes will be flown on Air Malta A320s. (Source: anna.aero, 9-May-2018)