Thursday, August 30, 2018

Air Malta increased its passenger-load to and from Malta by 27% in July

During July the national airline Air Malta had a 27% increased passenger load on its routes in comparison to the same month last year.  An airline statement said 228,982 passengers had been carried to and from Malta and this had had a major effect on turnover figures registered by Malta IAP.  Air Malta said last month it had carried 8,000 passengers on its routes Catania-Vienna, Catania-London Southend and Cagliari-London Southend.

The airline’s commercial head Paul Sies was quoted as saying in a statement that Air Malta’s strategy of continuing to expand its routes by a further 21 new ones is bearing fruit.  On his part the airline’s Chairman, Charles Mangion, maintained the Company is satisfied with these results that show that for the third successive month passenger loads had increased substantially.

Tourism Minister Konrad Mizzi said that over the last seven months Air Malta had carried an additional 200,000 passengers on its Malta-based routes and 25,000 other passengers on its intra-European routes between Sicily, Sardinia and London Southend.  (Source: tvm.com.mt, 29-Aug-2018)

Sunday, August 26, 2018

Air Malta leases two new A320neo aircraft

Air Malta has concluded talks and the necessary paperwork to lease two new A320neo aircraft which will replace two of the current older aircraft.  The delivery of the new aircraft is expected to happen during the first half of 2019.

According to sources, the seat configuration of these planes will optimise the space in the aircraft, which allows Air Malta to be able to offer a high number of seats while providing adequate leg-space for passengers on the aircraft.

The two new Airbus A320neos will also see Air Malta improve its in-flight experience, including a renewed business class offer with better seats and better service.

The new NEOs will reduce the environmental impact of Air Malta, in terms of emission of pollutants and noise. (Source: timesofmalta.com, 25-Aug-2018)

Wednesday, August 22, 2018

Ryanair and Air Malta join forces in an on-line sales partnership

Ryanair and Air Malta have jointly announced that the Irish carrier will cooperate on sales and marketing initiatives by selling Air Malta flights from its website ryanair.com as from today.  

This win-win milestone agreement for both parties will offer Ryanair's 139 million customers an even greater choice of destinations whilst also boosting Air Malta's ticket sales through this new distribution channel in overseas markets where Ryanair traditionally is stronger.  This partnership is the latest initiative delivered under Ryanair’s "Always Getting Better" customer experience program and falls in line with Air Malta's successful growth strategy and vision to be the airline of the Mediterranean.  

Speaking at the press conference organised to launch this initiative, Air Malta's Chairman Dr C. Mangion said, "This is a landmark agreement were both airlines are cooperating together for the benefit of their mutual customers.  Over the last year Air Malta has made significant improvements not only to expand its network of destinations with more frequencies and destinations but also changing its product in terms of fare structure and onboard service.  This agreement will also help Air Malta increase its visibility in overseas markets and tap into new revenue streams.  We look forward to further cooperation between the two airlines for the benefit of our clients."

"We are really enthusiastic to enter into this partnership with Europe's largest airline.  Through this agreement we will offer Ryanair's customers our most popular lowest hand luggage only Go-Light fares introduced last year.  This is only stage one of our cooperation, we are looking forward to continue working with Ryanair on more exciting projects such as creating more and better connections between the Air Malta and Ryanair.  This would essentially offer choice at the best value," added P. Sies, Air Malta's Chief Commercial Officer.

David O’Brien, Ryanair Chief Commercial Officer said "We are pleased to announce this exciting partnership with Air Malta, which allows our customers to browse and book flights on 21 new routes from Malta to exciting cities in Austria, Czechia, Israel, Morocco, Russia, Switzerland, Tunisia and Ukraine, in addition to over 300 existing destinations available on the Ryanair.com website."  (Source: Air Malta, 21-Aug-2018)

Friday, August 17, 2018

Air Malta's flight to London-Southend turns back for technical reasons

An Air Malta Airbus A320-200 (9H-AEO), operating flight KM-182 from Malta IAP to London-Southend (U.K.) this morning, had to return back after 70-mins after it was suspected that one of the doors was not securely locked. 

On its return, engineers ran tests on the aircraft and confirmed that there was no real damage, only technical difficulties involving the cockpit buttons.  After the necessary repairs, the aircraft departed again as KM-182 to London-Southend reaching destination with a delay of nearly 2-hrs 45-mins on its original scheduled time.  (Sources: newsbook.com.mt & flightradar24.com, 17-Aug-2018)

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Air France's flight bound to Catania diverts to Malta IAP

An Air France Airbus A319-100 (F-GRHV), performing flight AF-1290 from Paris-Charles de Gaulle (France) to Catania-Fontanarossa (Sicily, Italy), had to divert to Malta IAP this afternoon due to bad weather at Catania. The flight then continued to Catania reaching destination with a delay of 2-hrs 10-mins. (15-Aug-2018)

Wednesday, August 8, 2018

M.I.A. plc releases traffic results for July 2018

Malta Int’l Airport has ended with 756,356 passenger movements during July 2018, establishing a new traffic record hot on the heels of the company’s announcement that it is expecting almost 6.8 million passengers by the end of 2018.

Translating into an increase of 12.1% over the same month last year, July's total surpassed the previous record held by August 2017 by more than 62,000 passenger movements.

Last month's upswing in passengers was observed in parallel with an 11.3% increase in aircraft movements and a rise of 11.5% in seat capacity.  Malta airport’s 100-destination summer schedule did in no small part contribute to July’s strong performance.

Moreover, with holiday season in full swing, July hit the highest seat load factor for the year so far at 87.1%.

Malta IAP's top five markets have remained unchanged since April, with the U.K. occupying the top spot followed by Italy, Germany, France and Spain.

While four of the top markets registered growth that ranged between 14.4% and 34.3%, Germany's passenger movements decreased by 4.3%.  This decrease resulted from a reduced schedule by TUI cruises, affecting the cruise and fly passenger traffic throughput.

Top Market
United Kingdom (173,007 pax movements)
Most Popular Airport
Rome, Fiumicino (42,206 pax movements)
Aircraft Movements
5,076 take-offs & landings
Seat Capacity
868,912 seats
Fastest-growing Market
(from top 5)
Spain (34.3% per cent)
Cargo and Mail
1,493 tonnes

(Source: maltairport.com, 8-Aug-2018)

Monday, August 6, 2018

SR Technics Malta to expand with €35 million six-bay hangar

Aircraft maintenance company SR Technics is to expand its Malta operation and has reached an agreement with the government to build a €35 million six-bay hangar at the Aviation Park in Safi.

The company said it would initially focus on narrow-body aircraft but will expand to larger planes.  It also had plans to recruit and train up to 300 more workers, doubling its workforce.

The agreement on the new hangar was signed at the Auberge de Castille in the presence of Prime Minister Dr J. Muscat, who said the agreement took a year to conclude since it was "long and complex".  This, he said, would take the aviation sector another step forward. 

"All this is positive but there are more goals to reach," Dr Muscat said.  He said the government was drawing up a strategic plan for the aviation industry and officials were considering areas around the airport which could facilitate the growth of the sector. 

With a size of 30,000 sqm, including workshop space, the new infrastructure will enable SR Technics to increase its capacity for heavy maintenance, C-checks and any cabin modifications or retrofits to up to six narrow-body aircraft at a time.

Construction will begin this year, with a scheduled completion date of November 2019 for the first four bays.  Operations will initially focus on the Airbus A320 family and the Boeing 737NG.  To handle demand while the new hangar is being built, SR Technics will incorporate a third bay as of November 2018 in a temporary hangar next to the existing facility.  (Source: timesofmalta.com, 6-Aug-2018)

Sunday, August 5, 2018

Air France's flight bound to Catania diverts to Malta IAP

An Air France Airbus A320-200 (F-GKXP), performing flight AF-1290 from Paris-Charles de Gaulle (France) to Catania-Fontanarossa (Sicily, Italy), had to divert to Malta IAP this afternoon due to bad weather at Catania. The flight then continued to Catania reaching destination with a delay of 2-hrs 15-mins. (5-Aug-2018)