Monday, March 19, 2018

Air Malta's flight from Paris-Orly severely delayed after the closure of the airport

Air Malta has said that the departure time of its scheduled flight from Paris-Orly to Malta had been pushed from 6:15pm on Sunday to noon on Monday because of the closure of the airport due to night flying restrictions.

"The aircraft was scheduled to depart at 6:10pm but was delayed as a consequence of earlier delays and unfortunately could not take-off because the closure of the Paris-Orly airport," read a statement from the airline.  Air Malta said guests and crew were accommodated in nearby hotels and "taken care of".

Moreover it said that as a consequence of the delay a further three flights were delayed on Monday including KM-100 to London-Heathrow, KM-612 to Rome-Fiumicino and KM-306 to Munich (two hours).

Air Malta apologized for any inconvenience caused, adding that it had spared "no effort to minimize the inconvenience to passengers due to circumstances beyond its control". (Source:, 19-Mar-2018)

Sunday, March 18, 2018

Air Malta obtains replacement for leased aircraft following complaints

Air Malta said today that, in light of recent complaints, it requested that the aircraft the airline had been wet-leasing in the short-term be replaced by another aircraft from its lessor.

It was yesterday reported that the KM-116 flight from to London-Gatwick was delayed for more than 13 hours due to an operations fault on the aircraft meant to be operating the flight.  The aircraft - reported in the media as being an almost three-decade-old Boeing 737-400 - was being wet-leased in the short-term until two new aircraft are delivered to the airline.

"As from today another aircraft has been delivered to Air Malta by the lessor and this aircraft has this morning started operating Air Malta flights," the airline said in a press release, without giving details on the aircraft's model and age.

"The airline demands high standards throughout all its operations and does not leave any stone unturned to assist passengers.  Although being EASA certified, in light recent complaints Air Malta has insisted with its lessor to change the wet-leased aircraft.  As from today another aircraft has been delivered to Air Malta by the lessor and this aircraft has this morning started operating Air Malta flights," it said. (Source:, 18-Mar-2018)

Saturday, March 17, 2018

Operational fault with leased aircraft delays Air Malta flights

Air Malta has confirmed that its KM-116 flight to London-Gatwick has been delayed by more than 13 hours due to an operational fault with the aircraft meant to be operating the flight.

In a statement issued this afternoon, the airline said that the aircraft was scheduled to depart at 8:40am, but had encountered a fault shortly before take off.  Air Malta said that its customers had been accommodated in nearby hotels and had been offered refreshments in line with the delay's duration. 

"The flight was scheduled to be operated by a wet leased aircraft which was brought in to help with the increased flight schedule currently being operated by the airline," it said.  "The short-term wet lease of this aircraft was necessary due to the fact that the delivery of the ninth aircraft was delayed by the leasing company."

"Wet leasing aircraft is an industry standard when dealing with increased operational requirements and unexpected aircraft delays and is done by all international airlines on a regular basis," added Air Malta. (Source:, 17-Mar-2018)

Friday, March 16, 2018

Malta Air Travel secures its AOC

Tourism Minister Dr K. Mizzi announced that Malta Air Travel, that was set up to administer Air Malta's landing rights, has acquired the necessary Air Operator's Certificate (AOC) licence to be able to operate flights.  Dr Mizzi also announced that Tourism Authority Chief Executive P. Bugeja will be Malta Air Travel's Executive Chairman.  Dr Mizzi made these announcements when he was inaugurating the AMITEX Travel Fair, organised annually by Air Malta at Ta' Qali. (Source:, 15-Mar-2018)

Air Malta to offer scheduled flights to Lourdes from June and throughout the summer

During the inauguration of the AMITEX Travel Fair, organised annually by Air Malta at Ta' Qali, Air Malta's Chairman Dr C. Mangion announced that with effect from June and throughout the summer Air Malta would be offering scheduled flights to Lourdes. These flights were previously operated on a charter basis. Dr Mangion stated that with the increase in routes and flight frequencies, Air Malta is planning to carry 2.3 million passengers next financial year. (Source:, 15-Mar-2018)

Friday, March 9, 2018

French Navy FS Cdt L'Herminier calls at Valletta Port

The French Navy D'Estienne d'Orves-class corvette FS Commandant L'Herminier (F 791) has sailed into Valletta Port (the Grand Harbour) this morning on a scheduled visit.  This is her second visit in Valletta Port this year.  The French corvette is presently berthing alongside at Pinto-3 wharf, and she's expected to sail from Valletta Port on Monday, Mar. 12th.  (9-Mar-2018)

M.I.A. plc releases traffic results for Feb18

Ending with a total of 349,430 passenger movements, last month was Malta Int'l Airport's busiest February to date.  Traffic for the month grew by a significant 18% over the previous year, peaking on the Feb 18th when the airport handled 15,189 pax.  Whilst all winter months so far have registered double-digit growth, February's increase was the strongest.

This was observed in parallel with an increase in both aircraft movements and seat capacity, which grew by 14% and 15.5%, respectively.  Despite a significant addition in the number of available seats on flights to and from the airport, seat load factor (SLF) gained 1.6% to reach 78.5%.

The top contributors to February’s traffic were the U.K. (+16%), Italy (+14%), Germany (+7%), Belgium (-2%), and France (+19%), cumulatively accounting for 71% of the total passenger movements recorded.  These markets, except for Belgium, registered varying levels of growth, stemming from a winter flight schedule offering better connections.  

The increase in passenger numbers from the U.K. and Italy can be mainly attributed to the launch of the Belfast, London-Southend, Naples and Comiso routes.  On the other hand, traffic from Germany and France was boosted by better flight frequencies on the Munich and Paris-Orly routes, respectively.

Malta IAP is now looking ahead to unveiling a new flight schedule boasting more than 100 destinations towards the end of March to coincide with the start of summer for the aviation industry. (Source:, 8-Mar-2018)

Air Malta to resume services to Berlin-Tegel as from the end of this October

Air Malta will resume services to Berlin-Tegel as from the end of this October with up to two weekly scheduled frequencies every Wednesday and Sunday.  This was announced today by Minister for Tourism Dr. Konrad Mizzi at this year's ITB fair in Berlin.

P. Sies, Air Malta’s CCO, explained: "The airline had operated this route mostly to facilitate tour operator traffic but stopped it last year due to weak demand.  After an evaluation and with the enhanced sales power we gained with the introduction of the Go-Light product, our hand luggage only fares, and the new sales teams we appointed in Germany, the airline now sees an opportunity to go back to Berlin as a full scheduled operator.  After getting more support from tour operators and giving them the opportunity to buy seats on the service, we are confident that we can successfully relaunch this service."  (Source:, 8-Mar-2018)