Thursday, March 30, 2017

TAG Aviation granted Maltese AOC

TAG Aviation Europe is pleased to announce that it has received the Air Operators Certificate (AOC) from the Transport Malta - Civil Aviation Directorate (TMCA). The granting of the Maltese AOC is the culmination of several months of dedicated planning and reaffirms TAG's commitment to continue its expansion into new EU territories and provide its customers with an attractive choice of aircraft commercial registration. (Source: TAG Aviation, 27-Mar-2017)

Monday, March 27, 2017

Wizz Air launches new route Cluj-Malta IAP

Wizz Air launched today its new route between Cluj-Napoca (Romania) and Malta IAP. The first scheduled flight, operated with Airbus A320-200 (HA-LPJ) landed at Malta IAP (W6-3399) at 1946lt. The return flight to Cluj departed from Malta IAP (W6-3400) at 2038lt. WizzAir will be operating this route twice-weekly. (26-Mar-2017)

Saturday, March 25, 2017

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

The Royal Navy Echo-class survery vessel HMS Echo (H 87) sailed into Valletta Port (the Grand Harbour) this morning on a courtesy visit. This is her second port-call in Valletta 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 Pinto-4 wharf, and she's expected to sail from Valletta Port tomorrow. (25-Mar-2017)

Friday, March 24, 2017

TM/DCA: Malta Aircraft Register update

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

New addition/s: 

  • 9H-OWL - Bombardier Challenger 605 (c/n. 5939), registered to TAG Aviation Malta Ltd. (ex M-AKER)
Cancellation/s: none

(Source: Transport Malta, 23-Mar-2017)

French Navy FS Cdt. Birot calls at Valletta Port

The French Navy D'Estienne d'Orves-class corvette FS Commandant Birot (F 796) sailed into Valletta Port (the Grand Harbour) this afternoon on a courtesy visit.

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

FS Cdt. Birot is presently berthing alongside at Pinto-1 wharf and she's expected to sail from Malta on Monday, Mar. 27th (24-Mar-2016)

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Air Malta will start its summer schedule on March 26th

With a planned 150 weekly flights to 30 destinations, Air Malta will start its summer schedule on Sunday Mar. 26th. The Maltese national airline will operate with a fleet of eight aircraft, similar to last year and is set to carry over 1.2 million passengers during the coming seven-months.

After a period of consolidation, Air Malta can announce one definite new destination, and is close to deciding a second new destination. After having operated in the past as charter destination, Air Malta will soon offer Tel Aviv as a scheduled service, making it possible to buy seats through its website and also travel agents.

And there is more good news. This summer Air Malta has increased frequencies on Munich, Brussels, Amsterdam, Vienna, Zurich, Rome, Catania, Lyon, Palermo, Prague and Moscow. The airline will operate with up to double daily flights in peak summer to Munich, Rome and Catania.

"Besides more flights to some of our best leisure and business destinations, we are also concentrating on the most convenient international airports that offer world-wide connections to and from Malta. Air Malta is determined to further grow in its key markets and work to open new traffic streams to new leisure markets in the medium term", said P. Sies, Air Malta's Chief Officer Commercial. 

"Besides Tel Aviv we are expecting to announce another new destination for this summer. Air Malta will offer increased value for money in its new business model and besides structural competitive fares please do watch out for our flash sales actions several times per year. We operate the most comfortable and conveniently timed flight schedule and route network to and from Malta. Through our code-share partners we offer connections far and beyond Air Malta’s network", added Mr Sies.

Apart from the scheduled services this summer Air Malta is operating an interesting series of charter operations to Tel-Aviv, Bucharest, Warsaw, Bratislava, Ljubljana, Zagreb, Dubrovnik, Corfu Chania and Lourdes.

The Maltese National airline will continue code-share agreements with Air France, Alitalia, Aeroflot, Austrian Airlines, Emirates, Etihad, KLM, Lufthansa, Brussels Airlines, Czech Airlines, Meridiana, Swiss Airlines and Turkish Airlines. These agreements expand Air Malta's network to other markets worldwide. (Source: Mar-2017)

Italian Navy ITS Giuseppe Garibaldi calls at Valletta Port

The Italian Navy aircraft carrier ITS Giuseppe Garibaldi (551) sailed into Valletta Port (the Grand Harbour) this morning on a courtesy visit. She has two helicopters on board, an AB-212 (serial MM81090) and SH-90 (serial MM81590).

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

ITS G. Garibaldi is presently berthing alongside at Boiler wharf, and she's expected to sail from Valletta Port this Saturday, Mar. 26th. (23-Mar-2017)

Friday, March 17, 2017

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

The United Kingdom's Border Force 42m customs cutter HMC Valiant sailed into Valletta Port (the Grand Harbour) this afterrnoon on a courtesy visit.

UKBF 42m Customs Cutter is a class of four patrol vessels, derived from the Dutch Damen Stan Patrol 4207 design. 

HMC Valiant is presently berthing alongside at Bezzina Ship Repair Yard (Coal wharf), and she's expected to sail from Valletta Port in the first week of May after maintenance. (17-Mar-2017)

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

TM/DCA: Malta Aircraft Register update

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

New addition/s: 

  • 9H-MXP - Cessna 551 Citation IISP (c/n. 551-0421), registered to Pontair Ltd. (ex G-LUXY)
Cancellation/s:
  • 9H-AEL - Airbus A319-100 (c/n. 2332), registered to Air Malta plc (rrg EI-FMV)
  • 9H-CMA - Bombardier Global 5000 (c/n. 9693), registered to Albinati Aviation Ltd.
(Source: Transport Malta, 10-Mar-2017)

Saturday, March 11, 2017

Germanwings' flight bound to Catania-Fontanarossa diverts to Malta IAP

A Germanwings A319-100 (D-AKNM), performing flight 4U-2818 from Stuttgart (Germany) to Catania-Fontanarossa (Sicily, Italy) had to divert to Malta IAP this afternoon after encountering strong winds while attempting to land at Catania. The aircraft then continued with its flight to Catania reaching destination with a delay of 3.5-hrs on its original time. (11-Mar-2017)

Friday, March 10, 2017

Wizz Air launches new route Katowice-Malta IAP

Wizz Air launched today its new route between Katowice (Poland) and Malta IAP. The first scheduled flight, operated with Airbus A320-200 (HA-LYI) landed at Malta IAP (W6-1163) at 1242. The return flight to Katowice departed from Malta IAP (W6-1164) at 1347lt. WizzAir will be operating this route twice-weekly. (10-Mar-2017)

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Royal Navy HMS Ocean (L 12) calls at Valletta Port

The Royal Navy assault carrier HMS Ocean (L 12) sailed into Valletta Port (the Grand Harbour) this morning on a courtesy visit. She has two Merlin helicopters on board, serials ZH854 and ZH835.

The British carrier is presently berthing alongside at Pinto-1/2 wharf, and she's expected to sail from Valletta Port on Sunday, Mar. 12th. (9-Mar-2017)

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

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

Malta International Airport welcomed 296,250 passengers in February, translating into a remarkable 25.2% increase in traffic over the same period in 2016, in spite of the fact that this year the month was a day shorter.

This makes February the fourth, consecutive winter month to register double-digit growth, in line with the airport’s strategy to attract more traffic in the shoulder months. On the busiest day in February, which coincided with Carnival weekend, the airport team was kept busy with a total of 13,679 passengers passing through the terminal.

Growth in passenger numbers was experienced in parallel with an upturn of 22.3% in aircraft movements and an increase of 29.4% in seat capacity. Standing at 76.8%, seat load factor, however, registered a decrease of 2.6% over last year.

Malta IAP's top markets remained largely unchanged from January, with the U.K. topping the list followed by Italy, Germany, Belgium, and France. More than half of the 59,602 additional passengers welcomed last month traveled from Italy, Germany and Belgium, with enhanced connectivity to these markets contributing to their notable growth.

Outside of the top five markets, Spain and Poland were important contributors to February's total traffic, accounting for 12,435 passengers and 8,253 passengers, respectively. Both of these markets have been experiencing steady growth, following stepped-up efforts to redevelop the Spanish market and enhance connectivity to Eastern Europe.

The maximum take-off weight (MTOW) at the airport also experienced a 30.0% growth to reach 96,282 tonnes, while the weight of cargo and mail increased by 25.5% to reach 1,359 tonnes. (Source: maltairport.com, 7-Mar-2017)

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Malta IAP places third in the best airport by region (Europe) in 2016 ASQ Awards

Malta IAP has placed third in the Best Airport by Region (Europe) category in Airports Council International's 2016 Airport Service Quality (ASQ) Awards. Airports Council International (ACI) today announced the winners of its ASQ Awards, following the rating of 284 airports worldwide by passengers travelling through them during the course of 2016.

Malta IAP obtained its highest score to date in this survey, which measures passengers' overall satisfaction with their airport experience, including staff efficiency and courtesy, ease of way finding and airport facilities. This landed the airport in a prestigious third place from among eighty-four European peers welcoming over two million passengers annually. Sharing this spot with Malta IAP are Dublin (28 milllion pax/year), Porto (seven million pax/year) and Zurich (27 million pax/year) airports. (Source: maltairport.com, 6-Mar-2017)

Thursday, March 2, 2017

TM/DCA: Malta Aircraft Register update

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

New addition/s: none


Cancellation/s:
  • 9H-AEM - Airbus A319-100 (c/n. 2382), registered to Air Malta plc (rrg EI-FXM)
(Source: Transport Malta, 2-Mar-2017)

Ryanair announces three new routes for Malta's winter schedule

Three new routes and more flights to a number of others will mean Ryanair will start delivering 2.2 million visitors to Malta every year.
 


The low-cost airline announced on Wednesday it would be introducing new routes to Belfast (Ireland), Naples (Italy) and Riga (Latvia) as from its winter 2017 schedule, while also adding more flights to Gdansk, Krakow, Stockholm Skavsta, Venice Treviso, Vilnius and Wroclaw.

The new will routes raise the total number of routes linked to Malta via Ryanair to 40, with flights increasing to a total of 109 each week.
 


Ryanair’s Chief Commercial Officer D. O’Brien said that the new routes were further proof of the airline's continued commitment to Malta.


O’Brien said the airline had also recorded record bookings on its Malta summer 2017 schedule, mainly due to more flights to destinations for summer family holidays, low fares and a better customer experience. (Source: maltatoday.com, 1-Mar-2017)

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Wizz Air announces planned service between Skopje and Malta

Wizz Air yesterday announced planned service expansion at Skopje (Republic of Macedonia) starting mid-July 2017, thanks to the addition of fourth based aircraft. The airline plans to introduce three new routes. One the new routes will be between Skopje and Malta IAP, effective from Jul. 14th, with two weekly flights on Monday and Fridays. (Source: routesonline.com, 1-Mar-2017)