Category Archives: Air Malta

Air Malta aims for yet another winter record

Air Malta made this announcement:

Air Malta is setting its sights on yet another seasonal record. After registering a good winter and summer season, the Maltese Airline, is aiming to increase 7% more flights this season over last year with increased frequencies to London, Brussels and Palermo. The Airline will also introduce three new routes to/from Lyon and Prague (compared to last winter) and continue operating the newly introduced route to the Egyptian capital, Cairo.

Air Malta has increased its operations to and from London. This season the Airline is reconfirming its position as the best carrier on the Malta – London route offering the highest frequencies and choice than any other carrier. On some days Air Malta offers up to 8 daily flights with the best timing to and from London’s best airports (of Heathrow and Gatwick).

Winter operations to Lyon will operate three times weekly while those to Prague twice weekly.

On the back of record passenger figures last summer, Air Malta’s aim is to replicate this success even in winter and improve its operational and commercial performance. With 25 scheduled destinations this season, the Airline is planning to operate 282 weekly flights, up (6.8%) from the average 264 weekly flights flown last season. This strategy follows the trend Air Malta followed this year in that it continued growing over 2018, but at a gentler pace.

Minister for Tourism Konrad Mizzi said that the launching of this winter schedule reflects the Government’s strategy for Air Malta to increase frequencies to strategic destinations. Mizzi noted that flights to London will increase to up to 8 flights on some days and reflects our ambitions in the post-Brexit market. Moreover 10 destinations will be served on a daily basis. This offering is critical for developing Malta into a hub for business and travel.

The winter schedule starts on the 27th October and runs up to the 28th March 2020. During this season the Airline will operate direct flights to Amsterdam, Berlin, Brussels, Cairo, Catania, Casablanca, Dusseldorf, Frankfurt, Lisbon, London Gatwick, London Heathrow, Lyon, Kiev, Milan, Moscow, Munich, Palermo, Paris Charles De Gaulle, Paris Orly, Prague, Rome, Tel Aviv, Tunis, Vienna and Zurich. No less than ten destinations will be served with daily or multiple daily frequencies, primarily to major European hub airports that offer convenient global connectivity with Air Malta’s airline partners.

This season Air Malta will operate with ten aircraft; (7) Airbus A320ceo and (3) Airbus A320neos.

Air Malta is committed to growing inbound and outbound tourism especially during the shoulder and winter periods. The Airline aims to offer a diverse selection of services to main city and hub airports and a high level of frequencies to and from Malta, giving passengers optimum choice and optimum value for money as well as several options to connect beyond to/from airports nor served with direct flights.

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Air Malta has its best August in 45 years

Air Malta has Mae this announcement:

Air Malta has registered its best August traffic results in its 45 year’s history. Figures released today by Airline today show that Air Malta carried almost a quarter of a million (248,358) scheduled and charter passengers during its busiest month of the year. These results even top by 4,835 passengers (+2%) last year’s August record figures.

Commenting on these positive results Air Malta’s Chairman Dr Charles Mangion said, “It’s great to see these positive results in this challenging market. We are working hard to improve our Revenue Management, Sales and Distribution processes. These figures follow the trend we have so far seen this year in that we have continued growing over 2018, yet at a gentler pace. This year we primarily focused our efforts to improve our operational and commercial performance. A lot has been achieved through the past three years following the increase in the fleet by three brand new 180-seater Airbus A320s and a total of 25 new opened routes. Today we are flying to 42 destinations. It wasn’t easy. A lot of things had to change, and sacrifices done. This growth is being positively received by our tourism stakeholders who are now again seeing Air Malta as a growing Airline again.

Air Malta’s first flight took off on April 1, 1974. The airline has been instrumental in opening up and connecting Malta to the rest of the world, diversifying and presenting new tourism market opportunities to and from the islands.

 

Air Malta steps in to assist Thomas Cook’s stranded passengers

Air Malta has made this announcement:

Air Malta is stepping in to help Thomas Cook’s stranded passengers in various countries following the announcement that the British global travel group has ceased trading, cancelled all its flights and suspended its operations.

To minimise inconveniences to stranded passengers and assist the efforts being made by the UK’s Civil Aviation Authority, Air Malta has issued a rescue fare of Euro50 per sector available on its flights to/from Amsterdam, Brussels, Birmingham, London Heathrow, Gatwick and Southend, Berlin, Bristol, Dusseldorf, Frankfurt, Hamburg, Leipzig, Munich, Paris Orly and Charles De Gaulle, Marseille, Lyon, Milan, Rome, Geneva, Zurich, and Vienna. This price excludes taxes and charges. Tickets are offered on availability basis and are available only to Thomas Cook’s flight ticket holders or package holiday vouchers.

The Maltese Airline is also exploring other initiatives to help affected passengers in this unfortunate circumstance.

Air Malta arrives back in Cairo

Air Malta made this announcement:

After an absence of 12 years, Air Malta is back to Egypt’s sprawling capital, Cairo. The Maltese Airline started operating a twice weekly service every Thursday and Sunday (from Malta) as from September 1, 2019. This service will continue operating throughout winter.

The flight schedule will operate as follows (all times local):

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Air Malta welcomes its second brand new Airbus A320neo

Air Malta’s newest addition to the fleet – a brand new 180-seater Airbus A320neo – arrived in Malta on July 31.

The aircraft, which has been registered on the Maltese aircraft register as 9H-NEB, was flown directly from the Airbus’ Hamburg facility (above) and greeted by staff members upon arrival. It entered into service on August 1 with a morning flight to Milan Malpensa.

The aircraft has been configured according to Air Malta’s requirements. The cabin interior offers 18-inch-wide seats where passengers can enjoy more personal space, comfort and leg room.

Apart from enhanced specifications including a more modern look and feel of the cabin, led lightning and larger luggage storage, the aircraft offers reduced operational costs for Air Malta especially with its improved fuel efficiency of around 20%. Due to its lower fuel burn rate, the aircraft is capable of longer-range flights of about 10-15%. The aircraft is equipped with CFM International LEAP-1A engines.

A third brand new Airbus A320neo is expected to join the airline’s fleet in the coming weeks.

Last year Air Malta embarked on a 5-year fleet renewal project that will see the replacement of all aircraft with neo models.

Photos by Daryl Cauchi and Daniel Balzan.

Air Malta starts scheduled services to Tbilisi, Georgia

Air Malta inaugurated its first scheduled service to the Georgian capital, Tbilisi. The once weekly flight every Thursday will run until the 18th September with the possibility to extend this service further in line with demand.

“This is the first time that the Maltese Airline is operating scheduled services to Georgia. The interest in this market started around a year ago when the airline was looking at growth opportunities to expand its network. This service is expected to open up new tourism markets to Malta and generate around 3,300 customers in both directions during the period of operation” said Air Malta’s Chief Executive Capt. Clifford Chetcuti.

Together with the InterCo Travel Group, the airline’s tour operating partner in Georgia, Air Malta formulated a plan to establish a direct air links between the two countries. The plan is expected to facilitate travel for Georgians to visit the Islands or other European destinations through Air Malta’s European flight network. At the same time Air Malta is now offering the Maltese travelling public a great new destination to visit.

Beautiful panoramic view of Tbilisi at sunset, Georgia country

Images: Air Malta.

Air Malta returns to profitability after almost two decades

Malta - airmalta.com (Air Malta 2nd) Airbus A320-214 9H-AEP (msn 3056) LHR (SPA). Image: 946045.

Air Malta returns to profitability after almost two decades:

  • Presents its Annual Report and Consolidated Financial Statements for Year Ended March 2018
  • Registers an operating profit of €1.2 million compared to a loss of €10.8 million last year
  • Increased revenue by €5.3 million
  • Decreased operating costs by €6.7 million
  • 168,000 (+11%) more passengers
  • 77.6% (+2.8% improvement in) seat load factor

     

    Air Malta has today presented its Annual Report and Consolidated Financial Statements for year ended March 2018 during which it reported an operatingprofit of €1.2 million (2017: Loss €10.8 million). When non-recurring items are taken into account (including the payment of the early retirement schemes and the gain on the disposal of landing rights), the airline registered a profit of €15.7million (2017: Loss €13.1 million).

    These results were announced today during Air Malta’s Annual General Meeting. During the meeting the airline gave an overview of its financial figures for the year ended in March 2018 and an outlook for the coming year.

    During the year under review Air Malta’s operating revenue increased by €5.3million to €197.5 million mainly driven by 11% more passengers
    (2018: 1.7 million passengers, 2017: 1.5 million passengers), 8.5% more flights (2018: 14,126, 2017: 13,024) and a 2.8% improvement in seat load factor (2018: 77.6%, 2017: 74.8%). Total operating costs decreased by €6.5 million mainly attributed to a decrease in fuel, aircraft leases and maintenance costs.

    During a press briefing announcing the results, Air Malta’s Chief Financial Officer, Omar Bonello attributed these positive performance to better aircraft utilisation, the implementation of a new sales strategy, the investments in IT technology, the signing of the all collective agreements aimed to give a strong base for increased productivity, flexibility and industrial peace stability, and thenegotiation of more favourable terms with the airline’s suppliers.

    Speaking at the briefing Minister for Tourism Konrad Mizzi noted the fact that the airline had registered a significant profit after 18 years demonstrating a story of perseverance, determination and commitment. He noted the positive achievements at Air Malta, such as the addition of 21 new routes, the increase in passenger numbers and revenue, and the increase in fleet. He congratulated all the team at Air Malta for their efforts whilst adding that this success is also attributed to all the employees working day to day at the airline.

Air Malta’s Chairman Dr Charles Mangion added that in spite of these positive results, Air Malta cannot rest on our laurels. “A lot more needs to be done toget the Company out of the woods and on firm sustainable ground. Our growth strategy is underway and is being executed in an extremely competitive environment and a continually changing aviation scenario. The main challenge remains for Air Malta is on how fast it can adapt successfully to change.”

Whilst addressing the conference CEO Capt. Clifford Chetcuti said, “We areseeing the results of the transition to a strategy of growth and credit must be given to all the efforts afforded by the whole team at Air Malta. Aviation is a highly competitive industry dictated by thin margins, high fixed costs and large capital investments. Despite all these business pressures, Air Malta has managed to face these challenges resulting in its being awarded the CAPA turnaround airline of the year in 2018.” The airline’s CEO added, “This is not thetime though to become complacent. Whilst there are challenges with fluctuating fuel prices and increased competitive pressures, we have shown that growthis still achievable.”

Paul Sies, Air Malta’s Chief Commercial Officer added, “During this financialyear we increased capacity by 20%, achieving a growth of 11% more passengers. The new routes generated a +€12 million increase in revenue.”He said that during this financial year the airline implemented a new Revenue Management, new unbundled pricing with the launch of the Go Light, new sales strategies and developed and launched the new buy on board product. During the conference he announced that as from next month, Air Malta will be launching its new Business class service where passengers will be offered new gourmet menus presented in traditional Maltese ceramic crockery thatshowcase the islands’ heritage. During the conference Mr Sies announced thehighlights of the airline’s schedule for this summer which include increasedfrequencies to/from Paris Charles De Gaulle, Hamburg, Kiev, London Heathrow, Lyon, Munich and Tunis. He also announced that after an absenceof 12 years Air Malta is planning to resume flights to Egypt’s capital, Cairo andfor the first time the airline will also offer scheduled services to/from Warsaw.

During the conference presentations were also given by Chief Information Officer, Alan Talbot, who spoke about the digital transformation at Air Malta, and Charlene Camilleri, who spoke about the Ancillary Revenue unit and how this unit is assisting the airline to increase revenue.

Top Copyright Photo: Malta – airmalta.com (Air Malta 2nd) Airbus A320-214 9H-AEP (msn 3056) LHR (SPA). Image: 946045.

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