LMML 14/32 From Malta, joined Jan 2001, 2565 posts, RR: 6 Posted (10 years 5 months 3 weeks 6 days 14 hours ago) and read 2336 times:
The question is: will Ryanair (FR) ever start operations to Malta (MLA) now that MLA is an EU member? There is only one airport in MLA and this will make it FR's (probably) only major international airport outside the British Isles and Ireland (and PMO). Where will FR fly from to serve MLA? Stansted? Very unlikely - flight too long to keep the fares dirt cheap. Ciampino? Maybe. But who will pay the landing fees for FR?
There are rumours that a major LCC will start ops to MLA soon, or perhaps by next Summer. My guess is Easyjet from Germany, which is a strong market for MLA - only second to the UK. But Ryanair seems to pop up more often in the aviation circles.
Pe@rson From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 19351 posts, RR: 52
Reply 7, posted (10 years 5 months 3 weeks 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 2044 times:
I'd be cool if FR did!
About the flight length from London to Malta - the block time is only about 3 hours 45 mins which is less than STN-PMO (4 hours), STN-RIX (4 hours 35 mins), STN-TMP (4 hrs 50 mins) and so on. (Note: all the times include the relevant time difference.) So I don't think the times will be the problem. Are airfares to MLA from various European cities, like Milan, Rome, Paris, Frankfurt, London, Brussels, etc., normally cheap, reasonable or expensive?
"Everyone writing for the Telegraph knows that the way to grab eyeballs is with Ryanair and/or sex."