Friday, January 31, 2020

Lufthansa's flight FRA-MLA diverts to Rome

A Lufthansa Airbus A320-200 (D-AIZP) operating flight LH-1310, from Franfurt (Germany) to Malta Int'l Airport, had to divert to Rome-Fiumicino (Italy) this afternoon due to a medical emergency on board.  The flight then continued to Malta, reaching destination with a delay of 2-hrs 15-mins.  (Source: flightradar24.com and Malta IAP, 31-Jan-2020)

Thursday, January 30, 2020

Malta IAP unveils its long term vision for the airport

Malta Int’l Airport today unveiled the company’s long-term vision for the airport, revealing details of an investment of circa €100 million in a terminal expansion.

Addressing a press conference earlier today, Malta International Airport Chief Executive Officer Mr A. Borg also announced the company’s traffic forecast for 2020, which indicates that passenger numbers will rise by another 2-3 per cent to reach 7.5 million movements.

“The Terminal Expansion Project will equip us with the capacity to handle further traffic growth and enable us to offer a 5-star airport experience. This will be achieved through a combination of increased operational space, a superior F&B and retail offering, a stronger sense of place, and the use of cutting-edge technologies,” said Mr Alan Borg, whilst underlining the company’s commitment to invest in a terminal the Maltese islands can be proud of.

The upcoming project will see the terminal building gradually develop to occupy around 31,200 square metres; namely double its current footprint. This project will mainly focus on improving the experience and airport processes at key points of the passenger journey through Malta IAP, most notably within the check-in hall, the security screening area, and at the departure gates.

With sustainability being an important value for the company, energy-efficiency and water consumption considerations will constitute another pillar of the expansion project. Smart technologies, including a new building management system to allow for energy and water management optimisation, and better insulation are among the improvements that will contribute to the development of an energy-efficient building, which will play an important role in the company’s journey towards the achievement of carbon neutrality.

Other important projects such as the development of Apron X and the construction of SkyParks II are also in the offing.  (Source: maltairport.com, 29-Jan-2020)

Wednesday, January 29, 2020

Gozo-Malta air ambulance to get an upgrade

Steward Health Care Malta on Monday announced further improvements to the air-ambulance service which is used to transport patients from Gozo to Malta, through the upgrading of the air-ambulance helicopter and the introduction of an additional aircraft to be used as a stand-by back-up option. 

The new air-ambulance being brought in is an Airbus Helicopter EC135 type.  
The EC135 is a twin-engine light helicopter with a maximum take-off weight of 2,800 kg, which can carry one stretcher patient and up to three accompanying medical crew.  

In addition to this, Steward Health Care Malta will also be upgrading the service through the introduction of a back-up aircraft of a similar kind. The new service is expected to come into effect as of February and will be run in conjunction with Gulf Med Aviation Services, a Maltese helicopter operator and maintenance provider.  (Source: timesofmalta.com, 28-Jan-2020)

Tuesday, January 28, 2020

Galistair obtains AOC and AOL from Malta

Galistair Trading Ltd has received its own Air Operator Licence (AOL) and Air Operator Certifcatie (AOC) from Transport Malta's Civil Aviation Directorate.  The carrier's sole A321 is now registered as 9H-VDB and will shortly begin new operations with its GTR flight code.  The aircraft, serial 1607, is leased from Portuguese airline, White Airways.  Galistair, based out of Madrid, aims to be the leading ACMI airline in the Southwest Europe region.  (Source: newsroom.aviator.aero, 27-Jan-2020)

Corendon Airline Europe to launch flights Cologne-Malta

During the 2020 summer season, effective 24-May, Maltese based Corendon Airline Europe will be operating a weekly flight between Cologne/Bonn (Germany) and Malta Int'l Airport with Boeing B737-800s.  (Source: routesonline.com, 27-Jan-2020)

Thursday, January 23, 2020

Avcon Jet Malta adds new Global 6000 to its fleet



Registration: 9H-SSU
ICAO Mode-S: 4D2249
Construction No.: 9864
Aircraft Type: Bombardier Global 6000
Operator: Avcon Jet Malta Ltd.
Notes: ex C-GEVW

Sunday, January 12, 2020

Comlux Malta adds new PC24 to its fleet



Registration: 9H-SBK
ICAO Mode-S: 4D223C
Construction No.: 155
Aircraft Type: Pilatus PC-24
Operator: Comlux Malta Ltd.
Notes: ex HB-VZD

Saturday, January 11, 2020

Malta's DC Aviation adds new Global 6000 to its fleet



Registration: 9H-IRC
ICAO Mode-S: 4D2200
Construction No.: 9860
Aircraft Type: Bombardier Global 6000
Operator: DC Aviation Ltd.
Notes: ex C-GDRU

Thursday, January 9, 2020

7.3 millions passengers passed through Malta IAP in 2019

Malta Int'l Airport closed off 2019 with a record 7,310,289 passenger movements.  Translating into an increase of 7.4% over 2018, the achievement of this full-year result marks the tenth year of traffic growth for the airport.

This rise in passenger numbers was observed in parallel with a 7.3% increase in seat capacity.  Measuring the occupancy of seats available on flights to and from Malta IAP, seat load factor remained unchanged from the previous year to stand at 81.8%.

This solid full-year performance was partly driven by improved flight schedules for both the winter and the summer months.  During the course of 2019, in fact, Malta IAP welcomed a new airline, inaugurated 18 new routes spanning three continents, and introduced other developments aimed at further enhancing the islands' connectivity, particularly in the off-peak months.

While growth of 7.2% was posted in the winter and shoulder months, the peak summer months saw a marginally higher increase in passenger movements of 7.6%.  The fastest-growing months of 2019 were December (+15.2%), April (+10.5%), June (+8.8%), and October (+8.8%), with three of these top performers being winter and shoulder months.  On the other hand, the largest contributor to full-year traffic was the month of August, registering just over 823,000 passenger movements.  Total aircraft movements in 2019 amounted to 51,910.

The top drivers of traffic for the year were the U.K. (+2.2%), Italy (+3.4%), Germany (+9.0%), France (+10.8%) and Spain (+17.3%), all of which benefitted from route developments that continued to reinforce their popularity during 2019.  (Source: maltairport.com, 8-Jan-20)