Air Malta touched down in Benghazi this morning in an inaugural flight which will see the airline resume a twice-weekly service after an absence of four years. The airline's CEO, P. Davies, was on the flight and officially launched the service at a press conference in Benina airport.
The service to Libya's second city, comes after the airline started flying to the capital Tripoli in November, initially three times a week, before switching to a daily flight earlier this month.
Mr Davies stressed that the Malta connection offers Libyans a gateway to Europe, and the flights were timed to facilitate such connections. The flight leaves Malta at 4:40 a.m. arrives at 6.05 a.m. leaves Benghazi at 7:05 a.m. and touches down in Malta at 8.25 a.m. (Source:timesofmalta.com)
The Indian Navy Talwar class frigate INS Teg (F 45) has sailed into Valletta Port (the Grand Harbour) this morning on a courtesy visit.
INS Teg, the fourth frigate in the Talwar class, is presently on her delivery voyage to India. She was commissioned into the Indian Navy by Vice Admiral KN Sushil, Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Southern Naval Command, on Apr. 27th, 2012, at the Yantar SY at Kaliningrad in Russia. Her first commanding officer is Captain R. Kumar Dahiya
The Indian frigate is presently berthing alongside at Pinto-2 Wharf, and she's expected to sail from the Grand Harbour on Wednesday, May 30th, at 0600LT.
Hawker Beechcraft Corporation has announced today that Malta-based Orion (Malta) Ltd. has ordered a Hawker 4000 jet to meet the growing demand for charter services from business owners across the EMEA region.
Orion-Malta will be adding the Hawker 4000 – the world’s most advanced super-midsize jet – to its Luqa-based Air Operators Certificate; the aircraft will complement Orion-Malta’s current fleet that includes a Hawker 900XP. (Source: Hawker Beechcraft Corporation)
Passenger movements at Malta IAP grew by 1.4% during the month of April reaching 304,198, i.e. the highest number ever registered in April. This was brought about notwithstanding a decrease of 3.3% in the seat capacity for the month, which reached 397,773.
The average seat load factor was on the increase when compared to April 2011, reaching 76.5% - an increase of 3.5%, whilst aircraft movements for the month were 2.9% less than those in the corresponding period last year. The maximum take-off weight (MTOW) was 0.6% higher, whilst cargo and mail was 22.9% higher than that recorded during the same month in 2011.
The French, Spanish, German and Italian markets all registered increases in April, with 4.1%, 3.3%, 2.2% and 0.5% respectively, whereas the U.K. market registered a negligible decrease of 0.8%.
January – April 2012: Between January and April, passenger movements decreased by 2.6%, with aircraft movements registering a decrease of 7% over the same first four months of 2011. The seat capacity decreased by 7.9% whereas the average seat load factor increased by 3.9% over the first four months of 2011. In the same period, the MTOW decreased by 5.4% whereas Cargo and Mail increased by 5% over the same period of 2011. (Source: maltairport.com)