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Ryanair To Malta?  
User currently offlineLMML 14/32 From Malta, joined Jan 2001, 2565 posts, RR: 6
Posted (9 years 10 months 4 weeks 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 2155 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.

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User currently offlineDogfighter2111 From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2004, 1968 posts, RR: 1
Reply 1, posted (9 years 10 months 4 weeks 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 2120 times:


I doubt it, because Malta is pretty big for the average UK holidaymaker and with the amount of airlines that visit Malta:

Air Malta (Obvious)
Arabian Airlines
British Airways
Lufthansa
etc.

Air Malta already operates flights throughout the UK, including Stansted, so i doubt Ryanair would make a lot of profit.

Mike


User currently offlineDiesel1 From UK - Wales, joined Mar 2001, 1638 posts, RR: 11
Reply 2, posted (9 years 10 months 4 weeks 22 hours ago) and read 2035 times:

'Arabian Airways'

Who they?



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User currently offlineDogfighter2111 From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2004, 1968 posts, RR: 1
Reply 3, posted (9 years 10 months 4 weeks 21 hours ago) and read 2030 times:

Sorry, i didn't mean Arabian airlines, i meant Libyan Arab

User currently offlineBENNETT123 From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2004, 7637 posts, RR: 3
Reply 4, posted (9 years 10 months 4 weeks 21 hours ago) and read 2005 times:


I know that GB Airways used to fly to Malta for BA.

Is BA now operating the flight themselves?.

Also flying to Malta were Alitalia and Excel Airways.


User currently offlineAlessandro From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (9 years 10 months 4 weeks 20 hours ago) and read 1978 times:

Perhaps by Palermo? To increase traffic on the Palermo-London leg they could
make a connecting flight?


User currently offlineEmirates Skies From Australia, joined Nov 2001, 171 posts, RR: 3
Reply 6, posted (9 years 10 months 4 weeks 17 hours ago) and read 1960 times:


GB Airways still fly to Malta for BA from LGW, and as from May next year, GB Airways will start flying into MLA from MAN.

AZ have daily flights to/from FCO and MXP, codesharing with AF.

Excel Airways are still flying into Malta.

There's already my favourite LCC flying into Malta: it's SAS snowflake from Copenhagen, Stockholm, Oslo, Gotenburg and Malmo, with a mix of 736s, 73Gs, 738s and MD80s.

Emirates Skies  Wink/being sarcastic



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User currently offlinePe@rson From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 19233 posts, RR: 52
Reply 7, posted (9 years 10 months 4 weeks 7 hours ago) and read 1863 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?



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User currently offlineDiesel1 From UK - Wales, joined Mar 2001, 1638 posts, RR: 11
Reply 8, posted (9 years 10 months 4 weeks 5 hours ago) and read 1801 times:

Pe@rson

Your conclusions are wrong on the block times - you can't include time differences! (Look at the return flight times... Big grin)

STN-PMO... actual flight time around 3:00
STN-RIX... actual flight time around 2:35
STN-TMP... actual flight time around 2:50

Actual block time on a flight to MLA from London is around 3:05.

Back to the original question though... will FR ever start ops to MLA.

Only MO'L would know the answer to that - I'm sure he wouldn't rule it out....






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