Tuesday, February 26, 2019
Sunday, February 24, 2019
A Helicopter Services Malta Ltd. Eurocopter EC-135 P2 (9H-VIP) was damaged at Malta Int'l Airport after the partial tent the helicopter was under, next to Malta IAP's control tower, collapsed on the helicopter due to very strong winds that was hitting the island. The extent of the damage to the helicopter is unknown but the main rotors where surely effected. (24-Feb-2019)
Saturday, February 23, 2019
One of the runways at Malta International Airport (RWY 31) was temporarily closed down on Saturday afternoon after a pilot noticed a drone being flown in its vicinity. According to the police, air traffic controllers decided to close the runway when the drone was spotted around 12.25pm.
Police and Armed Forces of Malta officials were seen in the area trying to identify the person operating the drone. An AFM helicopter was also deployed to the scene but there was no sight of the drone. Services were resumed shortly afterwards and no flights were delayed or cancelled because of the incident. (Source: timesofmalta.com, 23-Feb-2019)
Thursday, February 21, 2019
Malta Int'l Airport saw its profit rise to €30.3 million last year from €24.2 million the year before. In a statement, the company said performance improved in both its aviation and non-aviation activities. Group revenue for the year which ended on Dec. 31st was €92,191,719 up from €82,369,154 in 2017.
Aviation revenue grew by 11.1% to €65.5 million, largely attributable to an increase of 13.2% in traffic, which reached a new all-time high of 6,808,177 passenger movements in 2018. Revenue from non-aviation activities increased by 14.1% to reach €26.7 million. The company's VIP products registered an increase of 36.3% over 2017.
The board of directors recommended the payment of a final net dividend of €0.090 per share (gross €0.138) on all shares settled as at close of business on Monday, April 15th, 2019. (Source: timesofmalta.com, 21-Feb-2019)
Monday, February 18, 2019
Maleth-Aero, based in Malta, is to introduce another four Embraer 145 aircraft under management in response to market demand. The aircraft are to be offered out for both Charter and ACMI work based in Europe.
"We are very pleased to be expanding this product further and will take one aircraft per month starting in April 2019. Our initial unit has proven to be very popular with the market operating out of Spain. The additional aircraft will be used to expand our existing capability and open up new opportunities", said M. O’Brien, Chief Executive Officer of Maleth-Aero. (Source: aviation24.be, 18-Feb-2019)
Friday, February 15, 2019
Jet Aviation announced today that it has added a second Boeing B737 (BBJ1) to its fleet of managed aircraft in Europe, the Middle East and Africa. The BBJ1 is based in, the Boeing BBJ1 has been added to the company's Maltese air operator's certificate.
The long-range BBJ1 has a range of up to 9,260-km and offers space for up to 11 passengers to fly in comfort. Furnished with a luxurious VIP interior, the aircraft features a master bedroom and ensuite bathroom with shower, separate guest and crew lavatories, and two side-facing divans that convert to single berths. The aircraft's elegant cabin interior is characterized by clean lines, neutral tones and leather seating, and boasts all the essential passenger amenities, including a high-end entertainment system. (Source: jetaviation.com, 14-Feb-2019)
Thursday, February 14, 2019
Air Malta hopes to induct more than a dozen Airbus A320-family neos over the next five years, chief executive C. Chetcuti has revealed, with the yet-to-be-developed A321XLR among the airline's targets.
Echoing earlier remarks by Tourism Minister K. Mizzi, Chetcuti confirmed that Air Malta is evaluating route launches to the Indian subcontinent and the U.S. east coast – markets that would require modified variants of the stretched A321neo.
"It’s going to be an amazing aircraft, and we are studying the option to actually acquire an XLR as part of our fleet."
Wednesday, February 13, 2019
A Ryanair Boeing 737-800 (EI-DWK), performing flight FR-2448 from Leeds-Bradford (U.K.) to Malta IAP, had to divert to Palermo (Sicily, Italy) this morning due to a medical emergency on board. The flight then continued to Malta reaching destination with a delay of 90-mins. (Source: flightradar24.com, 13-Feb-2019)
Saturday, February 9, 2019
Libyan travellers should be able to fly with a new domestic airline next year thanks to Mediterranean Aviation Co. Ltd. (Medavia), a charter operator and aircraft maintenance firm based in the southern European island of Malta.
Friday, February 8, 2019
Having served 366,015 passengers in January, Malta Int'l Airport continued to register growth, albeit at a not unexpected slower pace, in the winter months.
Following several months of robust growth, January's modest 4.1% increase in passenger numbers was observed alongside a 9.9% increase in aircraft movements and a rise of 7.9% in seat capacity. Seat load factor for the month stood at 69%.
Within the top five markets, Spain registered a phenomenal increase of 87.2% and France grew by a healthy 12%. The performance of the Spanish and French markets indicates that the joint traffic diversification strategy of Malta IAP, the Ministry for Tourism and the Malta Tourism Authority is bearing the desired results, in that it has stimulated newer markets to gain momentum just as legacy markets are reaching maturity.
The Iberian Peninsula constitutes one such new market and, in fact, the Seville, Malaga and Barcelona routes, which were introduced by two different airlines in summer 2018, are all being operated during the winter months.
In January, Malta IAP’s traditional top driver of passenger traffic, the U.K. (-3.2%) was outperformed by the Italian market (-0.8%), by 604 passenger movements, and followed by the German market (-8.3%).
Outside the top five markets, traffic from Hungary was up a noteworthy 42.4%. This surge can be attributed to the extension of the Budapest route from summer 2018 into winter. (Source: maltairport.com, 7-Feb-2019)
Monday, February 4, 2019
An Air Malta Airbus A320-200 (9H-AEO), performing flight KM-101 from London-Heathrow (U.K.) to Malta IAP, had to divert to Geneva (Switzerland) this afternoon because of a medical emergency onboard. The flight then continued to Malta reaching the destination with a delay of nearly 1.5-hrs. (Source: flightradar24.com, 4-Feb-2019)