Thursday, January 28, 2021

SkyUp Airlines to launch Kiev-Malta flights from 29-May

Ukranian's low cost airline SkyUp Airlines has announced it will operate a direct flight form Kiev (Ukraine) to Malta from May.  The move comes despite the impact of Covid-19 on travel that has seen nearly half of Malta's air routes cancelled in less than a year.  In a statement encouraging its customers to "get prepared for summer on the islands", Skyup said the flights would operate on Wednesdays and Saturdays from May 29th.

(Source: timesofmalta.com, 28-Jan-2021)

Monday, January 25, 2021

Fly Dubai will start flights to Malta on 12-May

Fly Dubai has announced that it will start flying to Malta four times a week from 12 May on a route that also includes Catania in Sicily.  The carrier will be the first to offer a direct link with the United Arab Emirates after the Covid-19 pandemic saw Emirates pull out of Malta.  The itinerary that includes Malta was announced on the same day that the airline said it will operate flights to Catania, Naples and Salzburg.

(Source: maltatoday.com, 25-Jan-2021)

Thursday, January 21, 2021

Malta IAP closes 2020 with 76% drop passenger traffic

Malta International Airport ended what was initially set to be another year of traffic growth with 1,748,050 passenger movements, translating in a drop of 76.1% over 2019.

This is the lowest traffic result to be reported by Malta IAP plc since the company assumed management of the air terminal in 2002, when full-year traffic amounted to 2.6 million passenger movements.

Standing at just 10% of what was reported in December 2019, traffic for the last month of the year – which brought a decade of growth at Malta IAP to an end – amounted to 46,475 passenger movements.

Data made available by Airports Council International shows that European airports in general suffered the same plight last year, with this airport group registering an overall contraction in passenger traffic of 79.6% and reporting the cumulative loss of over 6,000 routes.

Several international industry organisations are predicting that, following an extremely rocky first quarter of 2021, the tourism industry may expect to start seeing signs of recovery with the onset of the summer season.

(Source: maltairport.com, 20-Jan-2021)

Tuesday, January 12, 2021

Air Malta launches its second ‘lifeline schedule’

Air Malta has launched its second ‘lifeline schedule’ in the midst of the worsening of the Covid-19 pandemic all over Europe.

The schedule, intended to ensure essential passenger and cargo connectivity to and from the Maltese islands to key airports, starts  Wednesday 27 January.

For now, the lifeline schedule is being introduced until the end of February, however, following evaluations in the coming weeks on developments throughout Europe, Air Malta will consider whether to extend it further.

The national airline has been at the forefront in efforts to ensure essential passenger connectivity to selected major European cities as well as a continuous connectivity for cargo, mail and essential medical supplies including the Covid-19 vaccine and other resources that are critical to the islands’ supply chain.

Air Malta will be operating 19 weekly return flights to eight destinations: Amsterdam (Tue, Sun), Brussels (Fri, Sun), Catania (Mon, Fri), Frankfurt (Mon, Wed, Sun), London Heathrow (Mon, Wed, Fri), Paris Charles De Gaulle (Mon, Fri), Rome (Mon, Wed, Fri) and Zurich (Mon, Fri).

(Source: maltatoday.com.mt, 12-Jan-2021)