Friday, December 27, 2019

Ryanair's Laudamotion / Malta Air expands Vienna-Malta flights in summer 2020

Laudamotion in recent schedule update adjusted planned Vienna-Malta service, scheduled to commence in summer 2020 season.  Overall service under Laudamotion's OE-coded flight numbers will expand from three to six weekly, while Malta Air's AL-coded flight number operates once a week.

As a result of this adjustment, Malta Air operation (including aircraft) will commence on 29-Mar-20, while Laudamotion operation commences on 30-Mar-20 (instead of 29-Mar-20), with Ryanair aircraft.

OE212 VIE 0635 – 0845 MLA 738 x137
OE212 VIE 0645 – 0855 MLA 738 1
AL212 VIE 1325 – 1550 MLA 738 7
OE212 VIE 1710 – 1920 MLA 738 3

OE213 MLA 0920 – 1125 VIE 738 x37
AL213 MLA 1615 – 1835 VIE 738 7
OE213 MLA 1950 – 2155 VIE 738 3

(Source: routesonline.com, 25-Dec-2019)

Wednesday, December 25, 2019

easyJet's flight U26497 from Newcastle diverts to Lyon

An easyJet Airbus A319-100 (G-EZGB) operating flight U2-6497, from Newcastle (U.K.) to Malta Int'l Airport, had to divert to Lyon-Saint Exupery (France) this morning due to a medical emergency on board.  The flight then continued to Malta, reaching destination with a delay of nearly 1-hr.  (Source: flightradar24.com and Malta IAP, 24-Dec-2019)

Sunday, December 22, 2019

Air X adds two E190s to its Maltese AOC

9H-FCM (c/n. 19000641), ex B-3220 (left) and 9H-FAB (c/n. 19000537), ex B-3219 (right)


Wednesday, December 18, 2019

Air Malta registers record for Nov-19

Air Malta has reported that for the month of November, which is usually quiet, it has obtained better results, with an increase of 9% over last year.

In November, Air Malta carried 148,500 passengers (+5% more than last year) while it operated the same number of flights.  The income for the airline however increased by 9% which shows that passengers are buying more ancillary products while they are planning their trips according to their own needs.

In its statement, Air Malta said that the markets which registered the best performance include France, Belgium, Switzerland, Israel, Prague, Portugal and Tunisia.  (Source: tvm.com.mt, 18-Dec-2019)

Malta MedAir joins European Regions Airline Association

Malta MedAir has joined the European Regions Airline Association giving a total of 54 airlines in membership.  The carrier joins ahead of ERA’s first major event of 2020, the Regional Airline Conference, taking place in Malta this spring.

Owned by the Government of Malta, Malta MedAir provides a range of services to aviation and non-aviation business customers in Europe and beyond.  Based out of Malta IAP, the Maltese airline was initially established in 2018 as an aviation management company.  This is still at the core of its business function, in addition to now providing ACMI and charters, as well as administrative support to airlines.

ERA Director General M. Barriga says: "We are very pleased to finish 2019 welcoming another airline into ERA membership.  ERA provides a strong and unified voice for European aviation and we look forward to working with Malta MedAir in the new year and beyond, further strengthening the voice of the airlines providing essential connectivity in all regions of Europe."  (Source: aviation24.be, 17-Dec-2019)

Saturday, December 14, 2019

Air Malta joins European Regions Airline Association

Air Malta becomes the newest airline member of ERA (European Regions Airline Association).  Membership was agreed several months ahead of association's major spring event, being held in Malta nexy year, on 25–26 March; an event focused on green and sustainable connectivity.

ERA Director General M. Barriga said: "We are extremely proud to announce Air Malta has become a member of ERA.  It is an airline that has dedicated itself to serving the islands' visitors and residents, embodying the values of our association and its members.  

"It is especially serendipitous that Air Malta joins us a few months ahead of ERA's 2020 Regional Airline Conference taking place in Malta.  With climate change and global warming headlining the world's media and political agendas, and an outcry of public opinion and support for change, this year's conference will focus on sustainable air connectivity."  (Source: traveldailynews.com, 13-Dec-2019)

Friday, December 13, 2019

Malta IAP welcomes its seven millionth passenger for 2019

Malta Int'l Airport yesterday welcomed its seven millionth passenger for the year, thus reaching a new traffic milestone.

This important occasion is being celebrated just two years after Malta IAP achieved its six millionth passenger milestone on the last day of 2017, and comes on the heels of the company'S announcement that the winter season was off to a strong start in terms of passenger traffic.

"Beyond being a celebration of passenger numbers, today is a celebration of what has been driving these numbers, namely the passion and commitment of the airport team and all stakeholders.  Given that some 3,000 individuals work on the airport campus with various entities and companies, the teamwork and coordination that go into the achievement of common goals are truly laudable," said Malta IAP CEO Mr A. Borg.

Mr Borg went on to thank the airport team and all stakeholders including customs, police and Armed Forces of Malta officials, airline partners and their ground handlers – Air Malta Aviation Services and Aviaserve – G4S security officers, Servizi Malta staff and retail outlet representatives for their contribution so far, whilst encouraging one and all to make passenger numbers count by giving the best first and last impressions of the island to the millions of tourists that pick Malta as their destination of choice.

The airport's seven millionth passenger was given a special welcome and presented with a gift as a souvenir of the occasion.  Antonia Kudatov, who was accompanied by Jayden Vella, hails from Australia and arrived for her very first holiday in Malta on KM-613 from Rome.  (Source: maltairport.com, 13-Dec-2019)

Wednesday, December 11, 2019

VistaJet Global 6000 skids off the runway after landing at Liverpool

A VistaJet Bombardier Global 6000 (9H-VJM), operating flight VJT850 between Bedford, MA (United States) and Liverpool (U.K.), skidded off the runway after landing at Liverpool John Lennon airport this morning around 0600lt.  A spokesperson for the airport said that none of three crew members and one passenger on board was injured.  

A specialist removal team and firefighters had to struggle all day to remove the plane's wheels, which became embedded in mud 59m to the side of the runway.  The airport returned to normal operations around 2315lt.  

All incoming flights to Liverpool had to divert elsewhere during to closure of its sole runway.  More than 9,000 passengers had their flights cancelled, delayed or transferred to Manchester airport and many booked into hotels for the night.  (Source: airlive.net, bbc.com, and aviation-safety.net, 11-Dec-2019)

Tuesday, December 10, 2019

Air Malta plans to fly A321XLR long-haul service from 2024

Air Malta plans to introduce two Airbus A321XLRs to its fleet in 2024 enabling the airline to launch its first long-haul services.

"An India connection is important if the local economy is to continue to grow," Air Malta chairman C. Mangion told ATW on the sidelines of the CAPA World Aviation Outlook Summit in Malta Dec. 5.  "We need more people." 

The carrier also considers launching services to New York to create a connection for the Maltese diaspora and take advantage of growing interest by US tourists.

The A321XLRs are to be sourced from Malta Medair, another carrier owned by the Maltese government. (Source: atwonline.com,  9-Dec-2019)

Saturday, December 7, 2019

Malta MedAir, Six West partner form a leasing joint venture

Malta MedAir and Six West have established a leasing joint-venture Six West Malta, the former company said in a press release.

The new company aims "to position Malta as an attractive jurisdiction for the aircraft leasing industry through the provision of both a niche service which optimises aircraft use in between leases and ACMI services".

The joint-venture will offer airlines and aircraft owners to place an aircraft on Six West Malta's Air Operator's Certificate (AOC).  As an established market for aircraft owners, which is under the jurisdiction of the European Union Aviation Safety Agency, Malta "enables aircraft lessors greater access to worldwide lease placements in destinations which currently present unfavourable levels of risk within the prevailing lessor-lessee business model".

Six West Malta does not currently hold its own Maltese AOC and will presumably use the existing Malta MedAir's AOC.  The firm did not respond to ch-aviation's request for clarification.  (Source: ch-aviation.com, 7-Dec-2019)

Friday, December 6, 2019

Malta IAP releases traffic results for November 2019

The winter season was off to a strong start at Malta Int'l Airport, with November registering an increase of 8.7% in passenger movements over the same month last year.  

November's growth rate was, in fact, one of the strongest year-to-date increases, auguring well for Malta IAP's strategy of stimulating further traffic growth in the off-peak months.

During the month of November, Malta IAP registered 493,201 passenger movements on the back of increases in both aircraft movements (+8.5%) and seat capacity (+10.1%). Seat load factor the month stood at 78.1%.

The top markets for November were the United Kingdom (-1.0%), Italy (+4.3%), Germany (-7.4%), France (+19.2%), and Spain (+23.2%).  The growth rates posted by the Italian and Spanish markets can be partly attributed to the introduction of the Trieste and Santiago de Compostela routes for the season.

In addition to these routes, Malta IAP launched another two routes – Paphos in Cyprus and Nis in Serbia – as part of its winter flight schedule.  Cumulatively, the airport's four new routes contributed just over 10,460 passenger movements to total traffic for November.  (Source: maltairport.com, 6-Dec-2019)

Air Malta launches Air Malta Holidays

Air Malta Holidays, the new inbound package holiday arm of the Airline was launched today. The portal, www.airmaltaholidays.com started offering a one-stop-shop combining Air Malta flights, the best hotels in Malta and airport transfers at great prices.

"As the 'Airline of The Maltese Islands' we are determined to facilitate inbound travel.  Every year we fly over two million customers, the majority being tourist visitors.  It was a natural step for us to start offering package holidays", commented Air Malta's Chairman Dr C. Mangion, during a press conference to launch this initiative.

"Over the last few years, technological innovation has created opportunities for us to offer package holidays.  Customer experience is enhanced, allowing our passengers to 'build' their own travel package," added C. Chetcuti, Air Malta's Chief Executive.

P. Sies, Air Malta's Chief Commercial Officer, explained that the site will offer packages at great value for money, cheaper than buying flights and accommodation separately.  "This is our first step at entering the package holiday market after an absence of several years.  The site is currently offering flights on all Air Malta routes from the U.K., Italy, Germany and France.  More markets will be added soon," added Mr Sies.

"We will also be launching the Air Malta Events and Air Malta Conferences portals.  These new online systems will be targeting event and conference organisers in Malta that wish to attract foreign tourists to their events and conferences.  This will continue facilitating travel to the Maltese Islands at value for money", said Air Malta's Chief Commercial Officer.  (Source: independent.com.mt, 5-Dec-2019)