Monday, July 17, 2017

U.K. Border Force HMC Protector recalls at Valletta Port

The United Kingdom's Border Force cutter HMC Protector sailed into Valletta Port (the Grand Harbour) this afternoon on a courtesy visit. This is her fourth visit in Valletta Port this year.

The British cutter is presently berthing alongside at Coal wharf, and she's expected to sail from Valletta Port in the coming days. (17-Jul-2017)

Sunday, July 16, 2017

easyJet's flight bound to Catania diverts to Malta IAP

An easyJet Airbus A320-200 (G-EZTR), performing flight U2-1981 from Manchester (U.K.) to Catania-Fontanarossa (Sicily, Italy), had to divert to Malta IAP this morning due to bad weather over Catania. The flight then continued to Catania reaching destination with a delay of 3-hrs 45-mins on its original scheduled time. (16-Jul-2017)

Friday, July 14, 2017

Two RAF Tornadoes for 2017 Malta Int'l Airshow

Two Royal Air Force Tornado GR4s will be participating in the 25th edition of the Malta International Airshow. The Tornado GR4 is a two-seat, all-weather, day/night attack and reconnaissance aircraft. 

It has been in service with the RAF for more than 30 years, but a combination of major upgrade programmes and numerous continual enhancements has kept the aircraft amongst the forefront of all attack aircraft. (Source: maltairshow.com, 14-Jul-2017)

TM/DCA: Malta Aircraft Registry update

Transport Malta/Directorate of Civil Aviation published today the latest update of the Maltese Aircraft Register.

New addition/s: 

  • 9H-AGK - Airbus A340-300 (c/n. 166), registered to Hi Fly Ltd. (ex EI-GAB)
Cancellation/s: none 

(Source: Transport Malta, 13-Jul-2017)

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Air Malta to restart Malta-Frankfurt service as from November 2017

Air Malta is to recommence services to Frankfurt as from November, operating four times a week in winter and daily in Summer. The decision was announced after a board meeting yesterday, and the airline is embarking on an intensive campaign to market the route.

The airline said today that its new service will be supported by an aggressive sales force as it is reorganising its the commercial effort in Germany and other main markets mainly across Europe.

Further changes are expected soon in the commercial area including a new product range. The board meeting was chaired by new chairman C. Mangion. Tourism Minister K. Mizzi attended. (Source: timesofmalta.com, 13-Jul-2017)

M.I.A. plc releases traffic results for June 2017

Malta Int'l Airport hosted 578,827 passengers in June 2017, translating into an increase of 17.5% over the same month last year. June's growth partly resulted from Malta IAP's recently launched summer schedule which is its busiest yet.

In fact, aircraft movements in June grew by 11.7%, reaching a total of 4,071 movements. In addition to this, seat capacity increased by 15.5%, while seat load factor improved by 1.1%.

The airport's top five markets in June were the United Kingdom, Italy, Germany, France, and Spain. These markets all registered varying degrees of growth, with the Spanish market experiencing the most marked increase, at 38.2%.

June's numbers bring the total number of passengers for the first half of the year up to 2,639,712. (Source: maltairport.com, 12-Jul-2017)

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Irish Naval Service LE Eithne recalls at Valletta Port

The Irish Naval Service patrol vessel LE Eithne (P 31) has sailed into Valletta Port (the Grand Harbour) this evening on a courtesy visit. This is her visit in Valletta Port this year.

The Irish patrol vessel is presently berthing alongside at Wine wharf and she's expected to sail from Valletta Port on Friday, Jul. 14th. (12-Jul-2017)

TM/DCA: Malta Aircraft Registry update

Transport Malta/Directorate of Civil Aviation published today the latest update of the Maltese Aircraft Register.

New addition/s: 

  • 9H-CGF - Piper PA-46-500TP (c/n. 4697504), registered to TRTO Agency Ltd. (ex OK-PMA)
Cancellation/s: 
  • 9H-OKI - Bombardier Global Express XRS (c/n. 9339), registered to Emperor Aviation Ltd.
(Source: Transport Malta, 12-Jul-2017)

Ryanair opens reservations on three new routes from Malta IAP in 207/18 winter season

Ryanair in the last few weeks gradually opened reservations on three new routes from Malta IAP scheduled for winter 2017/18 season:
  • Malta–Riga (Latvia): twice weekly on Thursdays and Sundays, as from 29oct17.
  • Malta–Belfast (N. Ireland): twice weekly, on Mondays and Fridays, as from 30oct17.
  • Malta–Naples (Italy): twice weekly, on Mondays and Fridays, as from 30oct17.
(Source: routesonline.com, 12-Jul-2017)

easyJet to fly to Malta from London-Southend

easyJet will start flying to Malta from London-Southend on Oct. 29th, 2017. The new route will operate twice a week year round on an A320 aircraft. easyJet expects to carry more than 30,000 passengers on the route in its first year of operation.

“We are really pleased to be expanding our route offering from Malta with the addition of this new service to London and know that our Maltese customers who fly to London will be pleased with the addition of another route into London,” Ali Gayward, easyJet’s UK country manager, said. (Source: timesofmalta.com, 11-Jul-2017)

Sunday, July 9, 2017

Air Malta A320 makes a precautionary landing at Malta IAP, possible landing gear problem

Malta Int'l Airport was on alert this evening after an Air Malta scheduled flight from Geneva (KM-483) reported a technical problem as it approached landing.  According to TVM, the captain reported to the control tower that the aircraft had a possible technical problem in its landing gear.

But, according to the report, the message was understood to mean that the plane was being forced to make an emergency landing, prompting airport emergency services to be deployed on standby as a precaution. 

The aircraft, Airbus A320-200 (9H-AEN) which was carrying 170 passengers and six crew members, landed safely at around 2030lt.  No injuries were reported and the aircraft was subsequently inspected. (Source: timesofmalta.com & tvm.com, 8-Jul 2017)

Friday, July 7, 2017

TM/DCA: Malta Aircraft Registry update

Transport Malta/Directorate of Civil Aviation published today the latest update of the Maltese Aircraft Register.

New addition/s: 

  • 9H-NAO - Boeing B737-300 (c/n. 27457/2756), registered to BlueBird Airways, Crete, Greece (ex N457AN)
Cancellation/s: none

(Source: Transport Malta, 6-Jul-2017)

Two German Navy aircraft for 2017 Malta Int'l Airshow

The German Marineflieger (Naval Air Arm) shall again honour us with its assets on static display during the 25th Edition of the Malta International Airshow. The two assets participating will be a P-3C Orion Maritime Patrol Aircraft accompanied by a Dornier 228NG used for Pollution Control. 

Both aircraft belong to the same squadron, Marinefliegergeschwader 3 based at Nordholz. This will see the return of German participation after an absence of two years at the show. The Malta Aviation Society is honoured once again to be able to host once again our German friends. (Source: maltairshow.com, 7-Jul-2017)

Monday, July 3, 2017

U.K. Border Force HMC Protector recalls at Valletta Port

The United Kingdom's Border Force cutter HMC Protector sailed into Valletta Port (the Grand Harbour) this morning on a courtesy visit. This is her third visit in Valletta Port this year.

The British cutter is presently berthing alongside at Coal wharf, and she's expected to sail from Valletta Port on Wednesday, Jul. 5th. (3-Jul-2017)

Friday, June 30, 2017

Hellenic AF Texan II for 2017 Malta Int'l Airshow

The Hellenic Air Force will participate for the 3rd time in the Malta International Airshow. The Hellenic AF T-6A "Daedalus" Demo Team will be sending one T-6A Texan II to Malta for static display. The team had participated for the first time in the 2015 edition when it graced our skies.

The T-6A Aircraft Demonstration Team constitutes an ambitious venture which aims at spreading and cultivating the air concept in the Greek community and at enhancing the morale of the Hellenic Armed Forces, while, at the same time, it is projecting the work of the Hellenic AF to the wide public. (Source: maltairshow.com, 30-Jun-2017)

Air Malta considering reopening of Frankfurt route

Air Malta is currently reconsidering the possibility of reopening its Frankfurt route, tourism Minister K. Mizzi has confirmed. Mizzi was responding to a supplementary parliamentary question put to him by shadow tourism minister R. Arrigo, this morning.
 


According to the minister, Air Malta's marketing team was currently evaluating the possibility of opening a number of new routes, as well as others which might have been closed in the past.

He stressed however, that if Air Malta were to reopen its Frankfurt route, this would have to come with a holistic plan and long-term.
 "It would have to be done well and would not result in Air Malta returning for one season," said the minister. (Source: maltatoday.com, 30-Jun-2017)

TM/DCA: Malta Aircraft Registry update

Transport Malta/Directorate of Civil Aviation published today the latest update of the Maltese Aircraft Register.

New addition/s: 

  • 9H-UTA- Fly Synthesis Catalina VG (c/n. F5AB0111109B), registered to 'Private'
Cancellation/s: none

(Source: Transport Malta, 27-Jun-2017)

Monday, June 26, 2017

Air Malta reintroduces scheduled service Malta-Tunis-Malta

National airline Air Malta has reintroduces today scheduled service between Malta and the Tunisian capital, Tunis, after an absence of eight years.
 Today's first flight, operated with an Airbus A320-200 (9H-AEQ), departed from Malta IAP at 0204lt (KM-684) and returned back to Malta at 0558lt (KM-685). Air Malta will be offering this new service three times weekly, on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. (26-Jun-2017)

Friday, June 23, 2017

The Turkish Stars for 2017 Malta Int'l Airshow

The renowned Turkish aerobatic team, The Turkish Stars be showing off their magnificence in the Maltese skies for the first time ever in the history of the Malta International Airshow. 

The team performs its displays with seven supersonic fighter jets, the Canadair NF-5s, which had been obtained from the Royal Netherlands Air Force. This makes the Turkish Stars one of the very few national aerobatics teams to perform with supersonic aircraft. 
Twelve F-5s are available to the team. 

The team makes use of C-130 Hercules, C-160 Transall or the newly acquired Airbus A400M support aircraft, as support aircraft. The Team is stationed at the Konya Air Base of 3rd Main Jet Base Group Command.

The Mission of the Turkish Stars is to represent the Turkish Air Force on a National and International platform, and also to represent the Republic of Turkey abroad. The team was formed on November 7, 1992 and was named the Turkish Stars on January 11, 1993. 

Coincidentally this year the team is also celebrating its 25th year making the debut much more something to look forward to, as we celebrate this prestigious milestone together.

The team was originally scheduled to feature in the 2014 edition but due to last minute changes their participation had to be postponed. 

The Malta Aviation Society, organisers of the Malta International Airshow is honored and thrilled with to host the Turkish Air Force Aerobatic Team, Turkish Stars. (Source: maltairshow.com, 23-Jun-2017)

Thursday, June 22, 2017

French Navy FS Thetis recalls at Valletta Port

The French Navy auxiliary vessel FS Thetis (A 785) has sailed into Valletta Port (the Grand Harbour) this morning for a visit of a few hours. This was her fifth port-call in Valletta this year. She was berthed at Wine wharf during her brief visit. (22-Jun-2017)

Monday, June 19, 2017

U.K. Border Force HMC Protector recalls at Valletta Port

The United Kingdom's Border Force cutter HMC Protector sailed into Valletta Port (the Grand Harbour) this morning on a courtesy visit. This is her second visit in Valletta Port this year.

The British cutter is presently berthing alongside at Pinto-1 wharf, and she's expected to sail from Valletta Port on Wednesday, Jun. 21st. (19-Jun-2017)

Friday, June 16, 2017

Royal Navy HMS Echo (H 87) recalls at Valletta Port

The Royal Navy Echo-class survey vessel HMS Echo (H 87) sailed into Valletta Port (the Grand Harbour) this morning on a courtesy visit. This is her third port-call in Valletta Port this year.

The British survey vessel is currently deployed in the Mediterranean and assigned to E.U. Naval Force Mediterranean (Operation Sofia). 

HMS Echo is presently berthing alongside at Wine wharf, and she's expected to sail from Valletta Port on Wednesday, Jun. 21st. (16-Jun-2017)

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

TM/DCA: Malta Aircraft Registry update

Transport Malta/Directorate of Civil Aviation published today the latest update of the Maltese Aircraft Register.

New addition/s: 

  • 9H-AGJ - Airbus A340-300 (c/n. 163), registered to Hi Fly Ltd. (ex EI-FXR)
  • 9H-DTY - Gulfstream G650 (c/n. 6146, registered to Elit'Avia Malta Ltd. (ex D-AYSM)
Cancellation/s: none

(Source: Transport Malta, 14-Jun-2017)

French Navy FS Thetis recalls at Valletta Port

The French Navy auxiliary vessel FS Thetis (A 785) has sailed into Valletta Port (the Grand Harbour) yesterday evening on a courtesy visit. This is her fourth visit in Valletta Port this year.

The French mine-warfare experimentation vessel is presently berthing alongside at Wine wharf, and she's scheduled to sail from Valletta Port on Saturday, Jun. 17th. (14-Jun-2017)

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

M.I.A plc releases traffic results for May 2017

As the summer months set in, traffic at Malta IAP continued on its upward trend picked up over the past months, with May registering an increase of 14.4% in passenger numbers over the same time last year.

Malta IAP hosted a total of 548,354 travellers in May, with over 68,000 more travellers welcomed last month when compared to 2016. This increase in passenger numbers is equivalent to an extra 12 commercial aircraft carrying a full load of 180 passengers every day last month.

This growth was fueled by an upturn of 12.5% in aircraft movements and 15.1% in seat capacity. On the other hand, seat load factor, which measures airlines' efficiency in filling seats, decreased marginally by 0.9% and stood at 80.5%.

The airport's top five markets have remained unchanged during the past months, with the U.K. topping the list followed by Italy, Germany, France, and Belgium. All of these markets registered varying levels of growth, starting from a 10.0% increase on German destinations and reaching 132% for traffic from Brussels. (Source: maltairport.com, Jun-2017)

Monday, June 12, 2017

TM/DCA: Malta Aircraft Registry update

Transport Malta/Directorate of Civil Aviation published today the latest update of the Maltese Aircraft Register.

New addition/s: 

  • 9H-MACBoeing B737-500 (c/n. 24968/1975), registered to Maleth-Aero AOC Ltd. (ex G-UMAR)
Cancellation/s: none

(Source: Transport Malta, 9-Jun-2017)

Sunday, June 11, 2017

French Navy FS Cdt. Blaison recalls at Valletta Port

The French Navy D'Estienne d'Orves-class corvette FS Commandant Blaison (F 793) sailed into Valletta Port (the Grand Harbour) this morning on a courtesy visit. This is her third visit in Valletta Port this year. 

The French corvette is currently deployed in the Mediterranean and assigned to E.U.'s Naval Force Mediterranean (Operation Sofia).

FS Cdt. Blaison is presently berthing alongside at Pinto-3 wharf and she's expected to sail from Valletta Port on Wednesday, Jun. 14th. (11-Jun-2017)

Friday, June 9, 2017

TM/DCA: Malta Aircraft Registry update

Transport Malta/Directorate of Civil Aviation published today the latest update of the Maltese Aircraft Register.

New addition/s: 

  • 9H-RSS - Bombardier Global 6000 (c/n. 9727), registered to Emperor Aviation Ltd. (ex C-FJXY)
Cancellation/s: 
  • 9H-FWW - Raytheon Aircraft Co. Beech 390 Premier I (c/n. RB-131), registered to Europ-Star Ltd. 
(Source: Transport Malta, 8-Jun-2017)

Thursday, June 8, 2017

Irish Naval Service LE Eithne calls at Valletta Port

The Irish Naval Service patrol vessel LE Eithne (P 31) has sailed into Valletta Port (the Grand Harbour) this morning on a courtesy visit. 

The Irish patrol vessel is presently berthing alongside at Wine wharf and she's expected to sail from Valletta Port on Monday, Jun. 12th. (8-Jun-2017)

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

French Navy FS Thetis recalls at Valletta Port

The French Navy auxiliary vessel FS Thetis (A 785) has sailed into Valletta Port (the Grand Harbour) this morning on a courtesy visit. This is her third visit in Valletta Port this year.

The French mine-warfare experimentation vessel is presently berthing alongside at Magazine wharf, and she's scheduled to sail from Valletta Port tomorrow, Jun. 8th. (7-Jun-2017)

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

TM/DCA: Malta Aircraft Registry update

Transport Malta/Directorate of Civil Aviation published today the latest update of the Maltese Aircraft Register.

New addition/s: 

  • 9H-FOX - Airbus A340-300 (c/n. 185), registered to Hi Fly Ltd. (ex EI-GAC)
  • 9H-JAI - Airbus A340-300 (c/n. 236), registered to Hi Fly Ltd. (ex EI-GAD)
Cancellation/s: none

(Source: Transport Malta, 2-Jun-2017)

Monday, June 5, 2017

U.K. Border Force HMC Protector calls at Valletta Port

The United Kingdom's Border Force cutter HMC Protector sailed into Valletta Port (the Grand Harbour) early this morning on a courtesy visit. 

The British cutter is presently berthing alongside at Coal wharf, and she's expected to sail from Valletta Port on Wednesday, Jun. 7th. (5-Jun-2017)

Friday, June 2, 2017

French Navy FS Thetis recalls at Valletta Port

The French Navy auxiliary vessel FS Thetis (A 785) has sailed into Valletta Port (the Grand Harbour) this morning on a courtesy visit. This is her second visit in Valletta Port this year.

The French mine-warfare experimentation vessel is presently berthing alongside at Boiler wharf, and she's scheduled to sail from Valletta Port on Sunday, Jun. 5th. (2-Jun-2017)

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Italian Navy ITS San Giusto recalls at Valletta Port

The Italian Navy San Giorgio-class amphibious transport dock ITS San Giusto (L 9894) sailed into Valletta Port (the Grand Harbour) this afternoon on a courtesy visit. This is her second call in Valletta Port this year. She has an AgustaBell AB-212 helicopter on board, serial MM81090.

The Italian amphibian is currently deployed in the Mediterranean and is the flagship of the E.U.'s Naval Force Mediterranean (Operation Sofia). 

ITS San Giusto is presently berthing alongside at Pinto-3 wharf, and she's scheduled to sail from Valletta Port on Saturday, Jun. 3rd. (31-May-2017)

French Navy FS Cdt. Blaison recalls at Valletta Port

The French Navy D'Estienne d'Orves-class corvette FS Commandant Blaison (F 793) sailed into Valletta Port (the Grand Harbour) this morning on a courtesy visit. This is her second visit in Valletta Port this year. 

The French corvette is currently deployed in the Mediterranean and assigned to E.U.'s Naval Force Mediterranean (Operation Sofia).

FS Cdt. Blaison is presently berthing alongside at Pinto-5 wharf and she's expected to sail from Valletta Port on Sunday, Jun. 4th. (31-May-2017)

Jet Aviation opens aircraft management and charter operation in Malta

Jet Aviation is pleased to announce that it has signed a joint venture agreement to establish an aircraft management and charter operation in Malta. The company is working to obtain an air operator's certificate from the Civil Aviation Directorate in Malta, which it expects to receive in Q3 2017.

The joint venture partner, Luxury Business Jets, is part of a large holding company based in Slovakia. The company has arranged for two aircraft, a BBJ1 and a Legacy 600, to be operated under the new Maltese AOC. These two additional aircraft will join Jet Aviation's growing aircraft management and charter fleet in EMEA. (Source: Jet Aviation, 30-May-2017)

Friday, May 26, 2017

TM/DCA: Malta Aircraft Registry update

Transport Malta/Directorate of Civil Aviation published today the latest update of the Maltese Aircraft Register.

New addition/s: 

  • 9H-GPS - Cessna 560XL Citation Excel (c/n. 560-5249), registered to Luxwing Ltd. (ex N429JS)
  • 9H-VVP - Bombardier Challenger 604 (c/n. 5612), registerd to TAG Aviation (Malta) Ltd. (ex G-VVPA)
Cancellation/s: 
  • 9H-FMH - Piper PA-31-350 Chieftain (c/n. 31-7552075), registered to IMAO, France)
(Source: Transport Malta, 25-May-2017)

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

German Navy FGS Rhein calls at Valletta Port

The German Navy Elbe-class auxiliary vessel FGS Rhein (A 513) sailed into Valletta Port (the Grand Harbour) this morning on a courtesy visit. 

The German tender currently deployed in the Mediterranean and forms part of the E.U.'s Naval Force Mediterranean (Operation Sofia). 

FGS Rhein is presently berthing alongside at Pinto-4 wharf, and she's expected to sail from Valletta Port on Saturday, Jun. 3rd. (24-May-2017)

Maleth-Aero strikes partnership deal with Oryx Jet

Malta's Maleth-Aero has announced it has signed a strategic partnership agreement with UK-based executive aviation specialist Oryx Jet wherein the two will combine their respective industry expertise to further their B737 VIP charter operations and ACMI activities.

Under the terms of the deal, disclosed last week in a press communique, Malta-based Maleth Aero said it would focus on a wide range of services including aircraft management and charters while Oryx Jet would handle the VIP sales for the B737s. (Source: ch-aviation.com, 24-May-2017)

TM/DCA: Malta Aircraft Registry update

Transport Malta/Directorate of Civil Aviation published today the latest update of the Maltese Aircraft Register.

New addition/s: 

  • 9H-TJG - Boeing B737-800 (c/n. 29120/202), registered to Touristic Aviation Services Ltd dba Corendon Airlines Europe (ex TC-TJG)
Cancellation/s: none

(Source: Transport Malta, 19-May-2017)

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Armed Forces of Malta inaugurates its third new B200 King Air maritime patrol aircraft

A  state-of-the-art King Air maritime patrol aircraft for border control and an explosive ordnance disposal robot for detection and bomb disposal valued at €16 million co-financed by the E.U. were inaugurated today by the Armed Forces of Malta. Minister for Home Affairs and National Security C. Abela, Parliamentary Secretary for the E.U. Presidency 2017 and E.U. Funds I. Borg, and Commander of the Armed Forces of Malta J. Curmi presided over the ceremony held at the Air Wing in Luqa.

Commander of the Armed Forces of Malta J. Curmi said that this new King Air maritime patrol aircraft is specifically designed to incorporate innovative capabilities on many levels. Some of the aircraft's features include improved situational awareness with the ability to have a maritime domain awareness picture and advanced navigational capabilities. (Source: independent.com.mt, 22-May-2017)

Monday, May 22, 2017

French Navy FS Thetis calls at Valletta Port

The French Navy auxiliary vessel FS Thetis (A 785) has sailed into Valletta Port (the Grand Harbour) this morning on a courtesy visit.

The French mine-warfare experimentation vessel is presently berthing alongside at Wine wharf, and she's scheduled to sail from Valletta Port on Friday, May 26th. (22-May-2017)

Sunday, May 21, 2017

British Airways' flight bound to Catania diverts to Malta IAP

A British Airways A319-100 (G-DBCG), performing flight BA-2592 from London-Gatwick (U.K.) to Catania-Fontanarossa (Sicily, Italy), had to divert to Malta IAP this afternoon after one missed approached at Catania due to strong winds on the final approach. The flight then continued to Catania reaching destination with a delay of 3-hrs 50-mins on its original scheduled time. (21-May-2017)

Wizz Air launches new route Belgrade-Malta IAP

Wizz Air launched today its new route between Belgrade (Serbia) and Malta IAP. The first scheduled flight, operated with Airbus A320-200 (HA-LPQ) landed at Malta IAP (W6-4021) at 1431lt. The return flight to Belgrade departed from Malta IAP (W6-4022) at 1547lt. WizzAir will be operating this new route twice-weekly, on Wednesdays and Sundays. (21-May-2017)

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Royal Danish HDMS Peter Willemoes calls at Valletta Port

The Royal Danish Iver Huitfeldt-class frigate HDMS Peter Willemoes (F 362) sailed into Valletta Port (the Grand Harbour) this morning on a courtesy visit

The Royal Danish frigate is presently berthing alongside at Shipwrights wharf and she's expected to sail from Valletta Port on Thursday, May 18th. (16-May-2017)

Friday, May 12, 2017

AirBaltic's Malta-bound flight from Riga diverts to Rome-Fiumicino

An AirBaltic Bombardier CS-300 (YL-CSB), performing flight BT-739 from Riga (Latvia) to Malta IAP (Malta), had to divert to Rome-Fiumicino early this morning after two missed approaches at Malta IAP due to strong winds on the final approach. The flight then continued to Malta reaching destination with a delay of 4-hrs 15-mins on its original scheduled time. (12-May-2017)

M.I.A. plc releases traffic results for April 2017

Last month's passenger movements registered an increase of 26.6%, surpassing the half a million mark for the first time in April. Malta IAP welcomed a total of 530,576 passengers, on the back of an increase of 17.7% in seat capacity and an improvement of 5.3% in seat load factor.

April's strong performance partly stemmed from the Easter holiday effect, together with the start of new operations and the extension of certain winter routes into the summer period. The Cruise & Fly programme, which was launched at the beginning of last month, was an important contributing factor to the growth registered by both the United Kingdom and Germany.

The United Kingdom retained its top spot among M.I.A.'s top five markets, followed by Italy, Germany, France, and Belgium. Italy's growth was mainly generated on the Catania route, following increased flight frequencies to this destination. 

Meanwhile, enhanced seat capacity deployed on the Paris route and the launch of the new Bordeaux route in mid-April contributed to increased passenger numbers from France. Belgium was the market that registered the strongest growth, resulting from enhanced connectivity to Brussels.

While an average of 17,600 passengers passed through the airport every day, this figure spiked on the 13th of April. 23,400 passengers were welcomed at the terminal on the day, making it the busiest one of the year so far. (Source: maltairport.com, 10-May-2017)

Thursday, May 11, 2017

French Navy FS Cdt. Blaison calls at Valletta Port

The French Navy D'Estienne d'Orves-class corvette FS Commandant Blaison (F 793) sailed into Valletta Port (the Grand Harbour) this morning on a courtesy visit. 

The French corvette is currently deployed in the Mediterranean and assigned to E.U.'s Naval Force Mediterranean (Operation Sofia).

FS Cdt. Blaison is presently berthing alongside at Wine wharf and she's expected to sail from Malta on Sunday, May 14th. (11-May-2017)

Saturday, May 6, 2017

TM/DCA: Malta Aircraft Registry update

Transport Malta/Directorate of Civil Aviation published today the latest update of the Maltese Aircraft Register.

New addition/s: 

  • 9H-AVA - Bombardier Global 5000 (c/n. 9633), registered to Maleth-Aero AOC Ltd. (ex M-DANK)
Cancellation/s: none

(Source: Transport Malta, 5-May-2017)

Friday, May 5, 2017

TM/DCA: Malta Aircraft Registry update

Transport Malta/Directorate of Civil Aviation published today the latest update of the Maltese Aircraft Register.

New addition/s: 

  • 9H-GGF - Cessna 560XLS Citation Excel (c/n. 560-5723), registered to TRTO Agency Ltd. (ex OE-GGF)
Cancellation/s: none

(Source: Transport Malta, 3-May-2017)

Thursday, May 4, 2017

French Navy FS La Fayette calls at Valletta Port

The French Navy La Fayette-class frigate FS La Fayette (F 710) has sailed into Valletta Port (the Grand Harbour) this morning on a courtesy visit.

The French frigate is currently berthing alongside at Pinto-3 wharf, and she's expected to sail from Valletta Port on Sunday, May 7th. (4-May-2017)