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Air Malta launches its summer 2021 flight schedule

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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.

Air Malta Route Map:

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Air Malta celebrates 45 years of flying

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Air Malta is celebrating the 45th anniversary since operating its first flight on the April 1, 1974. Starting with just 53,500 passengers carried in the first year of operation with two wet leased aircraft, Air Malta now carries over 2 million passengers every year and operates with ten aircraft.

Over the years the Maltese Airline transported over 56 million passengers, operated over 1.2 million flights and flown over 775 million kilometres.

Speaking during at a press conference in London Heathrow’s airportto commemorate this event, Minister for Tourism Dr Konrad Mizzi hailed Air Malta’s efforts to open up new tourism markets for the Islands and the airline strong contribution to the islands GDP. He said,“Air Malta’s history is a reflection of the Islands’ self-determination andits willingness to succeed when faced with challenging times. It’s astory of commitment to the Islands by way of the support it gives to the economic and cultural wellbeing of the Islands. Air Malta is thestandard bearer of our nation and it’s our duty and obligation to workto the best of our abilities to expand its operations, see it grow and celebrate the next 45 years.” He added, “The Maltese Government is committed to Make Malta the most UK friendly country after Brexit and thus there are ongoing discussions with key stakeholders including the Malta International Airport and the Malta Tourism Authority to introduce such measures.”

Air Malta’s Chairman Dr Mangion added, “During these 45 years, Air Malta has developed a reputable brand both domestically and within Europe. The Air Malta brand is founded primarily on its safety record, the quality of its maintenance processes, its service and performance. The airline was instrumental in opening up and connecting Malta to the rest of the world and in the process diversifying and opening up new tourism markets for the local tourism industry. If it was not for the foresight of having a national airline and the continued efforts and investments from it over these years, the local tourism industry would be nowhere close to where it is today. The airline has proved to be catalyst for Malta’s growth in diverse areas.”

London Heathrow’s Head of Customer Relations and Service, LukeBurton said, “We are really happy to celebrate this achievement together with Air Malta. Such achievements are based on successful relationships and we look forward to continue our successful collaborations for many more years to come”.

Short history of Air Malta

Air Malta was setup by a Resolution of Malta’s House of Representatives, on March 21, 1973. The airline was registered as a limited liability company on March 30, 1973 and operated its first flight a year later on the April 1, 1974.

The airline was set up with the primary aim to establish, maintain, develop and operate air transport services to and from Malta which, by the carriage of passengers, freight and mail, serve the national interest.

Air Malta started flying operations with two wet-leased Boeing 720Bs (above) from Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) operating its first flights to London and Rome. The first routes operated by the airline were London, Birmingham, Manchester, Rome, Frankfurt, Paris and Tripoli. Air Malta now serves 40 destinations with around 18,000 yearly flights to Europe, North Africa and the Eastern Mediterranean.

Air Malta (2nd) (TAP Air Portugal) Boeing 707-3F5C CS-TBU (msn 20515) ORY (Jacques Guillem). Image: 932483.

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Today the airline is one of the most important Maltese organisations not only assisting the tourism sector but also providing businesses that operate on the islands with a wide distribution network abroad for the carriage of passengers and cargo.

Air Malta is proud to celebrate its 45th Anniversary since its first flight, acknowledging the contribution of all those people who believed in it from its inception and to those staff members who have worked and contributed to it development for the past 45 years. The airline is also especially thankful to its loyal customers who have supported it throughout these years.

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Air Malta returns to profitability after almost two decades

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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.

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Air Malta to fly to 27 destinations this winter

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Air Malta is setting its sights on extending its record passenger growth numbers into the Winter season with the start of its winter flight schedule this week.

On the back of unprecedented passenger traffic during the summermonths, the airline’s strategy sees a new focus for the winter, with 27 scheduled destinations, an increase of nine destinations over last year. The result is a 40 per cent capacity increase covering a selection of 300 weekly departures.

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 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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Several of the new routes launched in the last 12 months have proven to be highly successful and will subsequently be retained, including Lisbon, Cagliari, Malaga, Casablanca, and Kiev.

The 5th Freedom flights between Catania and Vienna and between Catania and London Southend will also be retained.

Hamburg landmark Wasserschloss

Meanwhile, the German market, which has for many years been a mainstay to both the airline and the country’s tourism success, will be given renewed focus.

The airline will be placing a lot of new capacity and investing in the German market by adding three new destinations; the capital Berlin, Hamburg and Leipzig. With double daily flights to Munich, five weekly to Frankfurt and a twice weekly flights to Dusseldorf, Air Malta is making sure to cover the German market with 50 weekly departures to and from six airports.

This Winter (November – March) Air Malta will operate direct flights to Amsterdam, Berlin, Brussels, Cagliari, Catania, Casablanca, Dusseldorf, Frankfurt, Hamburg, Leipzig, Lisbon, London Gatwick, London Heathrow, London Southend, Kiev, Malaga, Milan, Moscow, Munich, Palermo, Paris Charles De Gaulle, Paris Orly, Rome, Tel Aviv, Tunis, Vienna and Zurich. The airline will also operate flights between Catania – Vienna, Catania – London Southend and Cagliari – London Southend.

The winter schedule started on October 28, 2018 and runs up to the end of March 2019.

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Air Malta to add a new route to Kiev

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Air Malta has announced it will add a new weekly route to Kiev, Ukraine starting on June 19, 2018.

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Air Malta to return to Berlin

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Air Malta has announced it will resume services to Berlin (Tegel) in late October with two weekly flights on Wednesdays and Sundays.

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Air Malta announces new routes from Southend

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Air Malta (Luqa) has announced it wii introduce four new routes, including from Malta to Southend, Malta to Cagliari and flights between Southend, Catania and Cagliari.

The flights will commence on May 4, 2018.

Southend is the third airport in the London area served by the carrier.

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Air Malta to fly to Comiso, Sicily

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Air Malta has announced a new twice-weekly scheduled service to Sicily’s Comiso airport, every Friday and Sunday from December 17, 2017.

Last year the Maltese airline also restarted a two to three times weekly scheduled services to the Sicily’s capital Palermo, and with another 14 weekly flights to Catania.

Air Malta is now serving three Sicilian airports with a total of 38 weekly frequencies.

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Air Malta to start services to Casablanca, Venice and St. Petersburg next summer

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Air Malta has announced new nonstop services to three destinations; Casablanca (twice-weekly), Venice (twice-weekly, March 26, 2018) and St Petersburg (twice-weekly, March 29, 2018) for the summer of 2018 starting in March 2018.

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Air Malta to add five new routes for the summer 2018 season

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Air Malta will start operating a twice weekly scheduled service to the city of Malaga every Monday and Friday from March 26, 2018. This is the first time that the Maltese airline is introducing scheduled services to the city and through this route, Air Malta will be resuming its services to Spain.

The flight schedule will operate as follows:

Monday

KM590

Dep.

Malta

19:35

Arr.

Malaga

22:30

KM591

Dep.

Malaga

23:30

Arr.

Malta

02:15

 

 

Friday

KM590

Dep.

Malta

05:25

Arr.

Malaga

08:20

KM591

Dep.

Malaga

09:10

Arr.

Malta

11:55

 

 

Air Malta will also be operating twice-weekly summer service to Lisbon (effective March 25, 2018), and weekly service to St. Petersburg (March 30, 2018) and Stockholm (Arlanda) (May 1, 2018) and three weekly flights to Venice (March 26, 2018).

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