Category Archives: Air Malta

Air Malta provides additional summer capacity

Air Malta has announced that following significant demand for air travel post Covid, it has leased in an additional aircraft to be able to offer added services from July up to October 2022. The Airbus A320 aircraft is being wet leased from Getjet.

Speaking about this growth, Air Malta’s Chief Commercial Officer, Roy Kinnear, said, “It’s encouraging to see air travel rebound strongly and demand from customers who have longed to travel again, rising sharply. During April and May we have carried over 267,000 guests across our 17 routes, achieving unprecedented seat load factors for both months. This additional aircraft will facilitate extra services on markets including Madrid, Prague, Lyon, and charter services to Warsaw.”

The airline’s Executive Chairman David G Curmi added, “These increases are further good news to the local travel and tourism industries which have passed through challenging times over the past years. The record levels of seat load factor being experienced by our airline are expected to continue in the coming months and during this month (June) we are operating with at a network occupancy level greater than 90%. This additional capacity will help facilitate the increased demand for inbound tourism travel to Malta as well as boost travel opportunities to Maltese citizens wishing to travel overseas for holidays.”

This summer, with this additional aircraft, the Maltese national airline will operate with eight Airbus aircraft, all based in Malta.

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Air Malta returns to Madrid

Air Malta celebrated its return to Madrid for Summer 2022. The flight to the Spanish capital restarted on April 4, 2022 with up to three times a week operation every Monday, Wednesday and Friday. These services have been announced as part of over 125 return flights per week to 18 key European destinations which are being served by Air Malta this summer.

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

The flight schedule will operate as follows:

Monday
KM586 Dep Malta 15:50 Arr Madrid 18:30 KM587 Dep Madrid 19:15 Arr Malta 21:40

Wednesday and Friday
KM586 Dep Malta 08:20 Arr Madrid 11:00 KM587 Dep Madrid 11:50 Arr Malta 14:20

Air Malta hosts Pope Francis

Pope Francis – FAREWELL CEREMONY at Malta International Airport

Air Malta was honored to fly Pope Francis back to Rome yesterday afternoon after a two-day pastoral visit to the Maltese Islands.

The aircraft chosen for the flight, with registration 9H-NED, is the latest Airbus A320neo aircraft in the airline’s fleet. The aircraft was specially configured for the occasion with three cabins: the Papal Suite at the front, a middle cabin for the Church Prelates and the other dignitaries accompanying the Pope, and a rear cabin for media representatives covering the Pope’s visit.

Air Malta Executive Chairman David G Curmi was on the special flight accompanying the Pope back to Rome.

The flight has been designated as KM4282 and was operated by Captain Peter Mifsud, Captain Frank Xerri and Captain Karen Sant. The Inflight Cabin Manager Louiselle Cauchi oversaw the cabins assisted by Evan Cutajar, Michelle Gatt, Mary Mifsud, Yanika Debono, Glorianne Mifsud and Yvette Mercieca.

KM4282 was chosen in view of the reference in the Bible’s ‘Acts of the Apostles’, chapter 28 verse 2, of Malta and the extraordinary hospitality shown by the Maltese after St Paul was shipwrecked on the Islands in AD60.

This is the fourth time Air Malta has been honored with the privilege of flying a Pope to Rome. Pope John Paul II travelled twice on the airline on the 27 May 1990 and again on the 9 May 2001. Pope Benedict XVI also flew on Air Malta on the 18 April 2010 after a two-day pastoral visit to the Islands.

All photos by Air Malta.

Air Malta launches its Summer 2022 flight schedule

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Summer has finally arrived with Air Malta launching operation of its significantly expanded Summer 2022 flying program. The seven-month schedule, which runs from 27th March till 29th October, will see the airline operate 125 weekly return direct services to 18 key European Airports, across 10 different countries.

After an absence of over a year, Air Malta will be returning with a daily service to London Gatwick and with a three times a week service to Madrid. London Heathrow will be the most served route with 15 weekly scheduled flights, followed by Munich (12), Rome (10), and Paris with nine weekly frequencies on Orly and seven weekly frequencies to/from Charles De Gaulle airport. Amsterdam, whilst operating a daily service, will see this increasing to eight services per week during July – October.

This Summer Air Malta will be operating direct flights to Amsterdam, Berlin, Brussels, Catania, Dusseldorf, Geneva, Paris Charles De Gaulle, Paris Orly, Rome Fiumicino, London Gatwick, London Heathrow, Madrid, Milan Linate, Munich, Lyon, Prague, Vienna, and Zurich.

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Air Malta to cut half its workforce

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Air Malta has announced it will cut half its workforce in order to keep the airline viable.

The airline currently has 890 employees.

The current plan is to offer around 470 employees jobs in other Malta government sectors.

Previously Air Malta announced it was considering consolidating its flight schedule for the months of January and February by reducing frequencies on certain routes without however cancelling any of the 16 routes the airline is operating to this winter. This curtailing, necessitated due to the dramatic downturn in demand over recent weeks, is presently very common in the industry especially in the current scenario during which airlines had to deal with multiple and unprecedented travel disruptions.

So far, unlike some other airlines operating on the Malta route, Air Malta is not planning to cancel any of its planned scheduled routes for this winter or for summer 2022.

Commenting on this plan, Air Malta’s Executive Chairman, David G Curmi, said, “We are taking such decisions to match customer demand and avoid flying near empty aircraft. Such assessments are ongoing and will continue until demand returns to healthy levels. In these situations, we need to be very agile and financially disciplined to be able to adjust seat capacity and focus on efficiency to protect our liquidity and cash performance. Given the unprecedented times we are living in and the challenges that Air Malta is facing, we are continuously optimizing our network for profitability and liquidity, and we plan to continue to do so without compromises.”

The Chairman added, “In this ever-changing scenario, it is very difficult to make any predictions, however Air Malta is committed to remain an all-year-round vital link to mainland Europe not only for travel and tourism but also for the transfer of urgent medical cargo, mail and other import and export freight required for our various industries.”

Roy Kinnear, Air Malta’s Chief Commercial Officer added, “Following the surge of the Omicron variant and the introduction of lockdowns or partial lockdowns and travel restrictions across much of Europe, Air Malta saw a slowdown in new bookings and received a number of cancellations for travel over the holiday period and in January and February. The cancellations came across most of Air Malta’s markets with varying degree. These fluctuating trends have been typical last year with markets opening and closing depending on threat levels. The combination of the current slowdown in bookings and with January and February being naturally lower demand months, has unfortunately driven an increased level of frequency consolidation compared to previously anticipated, but commercially necessary to do so.

“Most airlines vary their allocated capacity throughout the year as Malta’s tourism inflows are highly seasonal, with the peak season in the summer months from July to September and the low season in the winter months from November to February. While other airlines operate at a significantly lower capacity in the winter months, Air Malta ensures connectivity with the major European cities and key airports all year round,” added Mr Kinnear.

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ITA Airways and Air Malta sign a codeshare agreement

Delivered on July 31, 2019

ITA Airways and Air Malta, have signed a broad codeshare agreement connecting the networks of the two airlines. This new commercial partnership, which applies to flights departing from Sunday 31st October, is bound to boost business travel and tourism between Italy and Malta and will offer customers more options and better flight schedules when traveling through the two airlines’ hubs in Rome and Luqa, Malta.

Following this agreement, ITA Airways’ and Air Malta’s customers can now fly seamlessly to their desired destination with a single ‘unique’ ticket, checking-in at the airport of departure, and collecting their checked-through baggage at the end of their trip in the arrival airport.

ITA Airways will apply its ‘AZ’ code on all services operated by Air Malta between Italy and Malta. Similarly, Air Malta will codeshare AZ flights between Malta and Rome, connecting Italian domestic services beyond Rome Fiumicino Airport and Milan Linate and selected connecting international services.

The new codeshare flights are now available for sale through the airlines’ respective websites (itaspa.com and airmalta.com), reservation systems and in travel agencies.

Top Copyright Photo: Malta – airmalta.com (Air Malta 2nd) Airbus A320-251N WL 9H-NEB (msn 8940) ZRH (Andi Hiltl). Image: 955682.

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Air Malta has operated its longest and farthest nonstop flight

Air Malta has operated its longest and farthest non-stop flight. The charter flight, to Rwanda’s capital, Kigali, carried 135,690 AstraZeneca vaccines donated by the Government of Malta to the African nation.

The seven-hour long direct flight, covered 2426 nautical miles, departed Malta at 2:00am on Friday morning and landed at Kigali at 9:00am.

Flight KM7510 was flown by the airline’s youngest Airbus A320neo aircraft (9H-NED). Such long-distance non-stop flights can now be operated with the airline’s new A320neo aircraft fleet that offers additional range, 20% lower fuel costs, are more environmentally friendly and have a 50% less noise footprint then the older Airbus A320ceo models.

During the pandemic the airline was instrumental to the Maltese Islands by carrying hundreds of tons of cargo that included vaccines, medicines, medical supplies, and personal protective equipment. The airline has also taken an active role to assist the Maltese government to distribute covid vaccines abroad. Last August the airline transported 40,000 vaccines and a similar number of rapid testing kits to Libya.

Photo: Air Malta.

Air Malta to resume services to London Gatwick, Madrid and Moscow

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Air Malta has announced its intention to resume flights between the Islands and London Gatwick, Madrid and Moscow Sheremetyevo Airport for Summer 2022.

London Gatwick Airport will be served with a daily service whilst Madrid and Moscow will be served three times per week and twice a week respectively.

These new services will start from March 27, 2022 and are part of a total of over 250 flights per week to 20 destinations which also includes 15 services per week to London Heathrow that Air Malta will operate to in summer 2022.

The airline will continue code-share agreements with Aeroflot, airBaltic, Air France, Austrian Airlines, Brussels Airlines, Czech Airlines, Emirates, Etihad, KLM, Lufthansa, Qatar Airways, Swiss International Air Lines and Turkish Airlines that will enhance its network capabilities.

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Air Malta adds more flights in June

Air Malta continues to remain committed to its published Summer schedule and will be increasing its flights as planned in June. With added frequencies and the re-start of services to the European cities of Lisbon, Munich, Prague and Vienna, the Airline is planning to operate 51 return weekly flights to 15 destinations in June.

 

Air Malta launches its summer 2021 flight schedule

Malta - airmalta.com (Air Malta 2nd) Airbus A320-251N WL 9H-NED (msn 10106) ZRH (Rolf Wallner). Image: 953562.

Air Malta today launched its summer flight schedule with a planned operation to 20 cities. During the six-month program (covering May till October 2021), the Airline is committed to operate 3,012 flights and will offer for sale over half a million seats.

This summer Air Malta will operate direct flights to/from Amsterdam, Brussels, Catania, Frankfurt, Geneva, Lisbon, London Heathrow, Lyon, Manchester, Munich, Milan Linate, Moscow*, Palermo, Paris Charles De Gaulle, Paris Orly, Prague, Rome, Tel Aviv*, Vienna, and Zurich. (* – operations to these airports is subject to the opening of safe corridors).

Key highlights during peak season include:

• Up to 10 weekly services on London Heathrow.

• Twice weekly services to Manchester, supporting the Midlands and North of the UK.

• Up to 11 weekly services on Charles de Gaulle and Orly airports in Paris.

• Up to 9 weekly services on Catania.

• Rome, Munich, and Vienna all served up to 5 times weekly.

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