Friday, August 28, 2020

Lauda Europe adds its first A320 on the Maltese register

The Airbus A320 with the previous registration OE-LMG, operated by Lauda, ​​is no longer an “Austrian”, but has become a “Maltese” as the 9H-LMG.  It is the first machine to be part of the newly founded Lauda Europe Ltd. changes.


The Maltese registration was made in the technical facility at Vienna-Schwechat airport.  More machines will follow in the next days and weeks, because on Sep. 15, 2020, Lauda Europe Ltd. take over the operation of the bases in Vienna and Düsseldorf.

Flights between Palma de Mallorca and Memmingen are planned for Sep. 13, 2020.  Ryanair has already informed passengers by email and made this visible in the reservation system.

(Source:  newsabc.net, 27-Aug-2020)

Friday, August 21, 2020

Hi Fly A339 diverts to Malta IAP for technical reason

A Hi Fly Airbus A330-900neo (CS-TKY), operating flight 5K-531 between New Delhi (India) and Lisbon (Portugal), had to divert to Malta IAP this morning for technical reason (low on fuel).  

The A339 landed safely on RWY-31 at 0750.  This landing was also the first ever landing of an A330neo variant at Malta IAP.  The aircraft departed (to Lisbon) after nearly 85-mins on the ground.   (Source: flightradar24.com, 21-Aug-2020)

Tuesday, August 18, 2020

Wizz Air to launch flights between London-Gatwick and Malta

With effect from 23-Oct-20, low-cost carrier Wizz Air will be operating three weekly flights between London-Gatwick (U.K.) and Malta International Airport.  Flight will be operated on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays and will be operated with Gatwick-based Airbus A320.

(Source: Wizz Air, 18-Aug-2020)

Thursday, August 13, 2020

Malta IAP releases traffic results for July 2020

Malta International Airport registered 152,818 passenger movements last month, translating in a drop of 80.9% in traffic when compared to July 2019.

While July traditionally signals the start of the peak summer season for the airport, last month saw Malta IAP restart commercial operations with a limited flight schedule and a renewed focus on health and safety, following a three-month closure due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Last July’s full-month traffic was roughly equal to the number of passengers registered in the first week of July 2019.  This contraction in passenger traffic was observed together with drops of 70.3% and 72.1% in aircraft movements and seat capacity, respectively.  The seat load factor for the month, measuring the percentage of occupied seats on flights operated to and from Malta IAP, stood at 59.7%.

A passenger performance analysis conducted by Airports Council International (ACI), showed that, on average, European airports registered a 78% decrease in passenger numbers last July.  According to the same analysis, Italy, Germany, the U.K. and France, all of which were among Malta IAP’s top five markets for July 2020, reported drops in passenger numbers that ranged between 74% and 87%.

Malta IAP would like to appeal to people who will be travelling soon to be cooperative and respect fellow guests and airport employees by wearing their face mask, practising social distancing and maintaining good hand hygiene.  Travellers are also reminded to complete and submit any forms required for entry in a country before getting to the airport.

(Source: maltairport.com, 13-Aug-2020)

Tuesday, August 11, 2020

Malta International Airshow will be back in 2021

The Malta Tourism Authority has informed the Malta Aviation Society that the agreement for 2020 now shifts to 2021.  This paves the way for the organizers to start planning for the Malta International Airshow 2021.

(Source: Malta International Airshow, 11-Aug-2021)

Ryanair's flight FR-6695 to Malta diverts to Brussels-Charleroi

A Ryanair Boeing 737-800 (EI-EGA), operating flight FR-6695, between Edinburgh (U.K.) and Malta International Airport, had to divert to Brussels-Charleroi (Belgium) this morning for technical reasons.  The flight then continued to Malta, with a replacement aircraft (B738, EI-EPA), reaching destination at 1248lt, with a delay of nearly one hour.  

(Source: flightradar24.com, 11-Aug-2020)

Malta International Airshow 2020 cancelled

In view of the rise in covid-19 cases both in Malta and in Europe, the Malta International Airshow is cancelled.  Additionally, the decision to ban mass public gatherings by the Government of Malta has had a direct effect on the event.  The Malta Aviation Society committee deems that the airshow falls squarely in this category and has thus stopped all preparations for this year's much-awaited event.

The Malta Aviation Society is presently waiting for a reply from the Malta Tourism Authority - the main sponsor of the event - to ascertain that the agreement for the 2020 airshow rolls on to 2021, so that preparations get underway for an airshow in 2021.  The Malta Aviation Society thanks all stakeholders for the support shown during the preparatory phase of this year's event.

(Source: Malta International Airshow, 11-Aug-2020)

Saturday, August 1, 2020

Malta MedAir makes its first flight

Founded in early 2018, Malta MedAir has been operating on an ACMI basis for Air Malta, however today, the airline, which is owned by the Maltese Government made its first flight to Warsaw.

Malta MedAir will be flying to various destinations in Europe with its own cabin crew and pilots, with recruitment to continue over the next few weeks.

The flight departed from the Malta International Airport at 1420hrs and is expected to return at 2215hrs.

(Source: bay.com.mt, 1-Aug-2020)