Category Archives: Air Malta

Air Malta to suspend all commercial flights

Air Malta has made this announcement:

Following a decision by the Maltese Health Authorities, Malta is banning all commercial travel to Malta for flights departing after 2359UTC on Friday, March 20, until further notice. This measure was taken to contain the spread of the Coronavirus Covid-19 pandemic.

The ban does not apply to ferry, cargo and humanitarian and repatriation or special flights. Air Malta shall operate such flights as directed by the Government of Malta.

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Air Malta suspends all flights to Milan amid coronavirus concerns

Air Malta has suspended its daily flight to Milan until further notice due to the current situation in Northern Italy amid the Coronavirus Covid-19 outbreak, following the lockdown decree issued by the Italian Government.

Whilst calling for calm, the Airline stated that the US’ Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the World Health Organisation do not suggest restricting flights to and from Milan in their recommendations.

However, on consultation with the Prime Minister, the responsible Minister and Government agencies, the management of Air Malta has resolved to take this decisive action as a measure of reassurance.

“The safety of our passengers, crew and staff, and the concerns raised by the people of Malta is our first priority”, said the Airline in a statement issued tonight.

All passengers affected by the cancellation of flights will be notified.

The airline is constantly monitoring the evolving situation and will announce any changes as they arise.

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Qatar Airways and Air Malta sign comprehensive codeshare partnership

Air Malta and Qatar Airways have announced that they signed a comprehensive codeshare agreement. The Agreement reinforces Air Malta’s drive to expand its network and extend its reach. It also shows Qatar Airways’ long-term commitment to Maltese passengers and to boosting tourism to the Islands. Sales will start from today with the first codeshare flights to operate from March 9, 2020.

The codeshare agreement increases Malta’s connectivity with Africa, the Middle East, Australia and Asia by enabling Air Malta’s passengers to travel on Qatar Airways’ flights between Malta, Doha and onward to more than 60 destinations. Air Malta will place its code and flight numbers on several of these Qatar flights thereby allowing the Maltese Airline to participate in these markets not only to and from Malta but also connecting to and from other destinations that it serves.

Qatar Airways’ passengers will also benefit from greater access to Malta and to Air Malta’s extensive Mediterranean network. Codeshare destinations include Cagliari, Palermo and Catania.

Qatar Airways began flying to Malta on June 4, 2019 with daily flights in the summer and a four-times weekly service during winter.

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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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