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Malta Aviation Thread IV (more U2, Volare, ...)  
User currently offlineBBADXB From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Posted (6 years 6 months 3 weeks 8 hours ago) and read 2353 times:

According to an article in today's edition of The Sunday Times of Malta, easyjet, which takes over the LGW-MLA and MAN-MLA routes from GB Airways, will fly between Malta and LGW 10 times weekly, up from a daily flight. It also states that GT had a load factor of 95% on the route. easyjet will also operate a daily flight between Manchester and Malta, but who knows? Maybe they increase the frequency on this route as well.

2007 has been the best year ever in terms of tourist arrivals to Malta in history, and 2008 is set to be even better, with an estimated increase of between 4 and 5% on 2007. With the return of mainline BA, the capacity between Malta and the UK is set to increase by 10%.

The article also mentions that the authorities are trying to have easyjet operating between Malta and Belfast, Madrid, Geneva and Basle. In my opinion, a route to Belfast is the most important link as at the moment there are no direct flights between Malta and Belfast (Air Malta operates scheduled flight to Geneva and Madrid in summer; Madrid will also be served by VY, and usually there are charter flights on GirJet and Spanair; Basle is served by Air Malta charter flights during summer).

The article also mentions Volare flying to Malta. I think that with Alitalia's withdrawal of the MXP-Malta route, Volare is set to take over with 4 weekly flights. I am somewhat surprised to see Alitalia axing the route. Initially, Alitalia served Malpensa-Malta daily with MD80 from 1st June till 31st August. Eventually the route became a year-round A319 service, increasing to daily A320. However, Alitalia often sends its A321 to Malta from both Malpensa and FCO. Just for the record, I had a quick browse through Volare's website and there are so far no indications whatsoever of the carrier operating to Malta.

Source: http://www.timesofmalta.com/articles...ree-new-budget-airlines-from-march

N.B.: As usual, journalists tend to be a bit over-zealous when reporting about aviation. This is no exception on Malta: the article at one point states that Vueling will fly 4 times weekly between Malta and Madrid, when in fact VY will be flying 3 times weekly on the route. Similarly, the article states that Norwegian Air Shuttle will be flying thrice weekly between Malta and Oslo, but in fact, it will be flying twice weekly on this route (SAS will also fly between Malta and Oslo twice weekly during the summer schedule).

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User currently offlineDavecFlyer From Ireland, joined Dec 2007, 369 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (6 years 6 months 3 weeks 5 hours ago) and read 2306 times:

I am not a regular reader of this thread so apologies if this has been discussed before...

How are Air Malta doing with regard to all the extra competition - EZY, FR to be precise.

I flew with KM in Feb 06 and I was very impressed with the service. I was disappointed to see them withdraw from the Dublin route after extra competition from FR. Has this trend continued on other routes or is KM holding its own?



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User currently offlineEgmcman From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2005, 898 posts, RR: 8
Reply 2, posted (6 years 6 months 3 weeks 5 hours ago) and read 2295 times:

U2 have MXP as a hub when I at AGP I saw flight operated by them so they could operate the route with an A319.

User currently offlineDavid_itl From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2001, 7362 posts, RR: 14
Reply 3, posted (6 years 6 months 3 weeks 3 hours ago) and read 2265 times:
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Quoting BBADXB (Thread starter):
easyjet will also operate a daily flight between Manchester and Malta, but who knows? Maybe they increase the frequency on this route as well.

It's 8 weekly to mid-April and then daily from then as MAN will only have 2 A320s based this summer from May 1st and they have a "full" programme already allocated for both aircraft. Here's the timings for the services:

Up to 30th April 2008

TIME F/No MTWTFSS period of ops
0640 1997 DDDDDDD until 28/09/08
1425 1998 AAAAAAA until 28/09/08
1450 1996 ......A until 13/04/07
1600 1999 ......D until 13/04/07

From 1st May 2008

TIME F/No MTWTFSS period of ops
0640 1997 DDDDDDD until 28/09/08
1425 1998 AAAAAAA until 28/09/08

TIME = scheduled time of operation
F/NO = Flight number
MTWTFSS = Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday
Period of ops = when the flights listed will operate
A = Arrival into Manchester
D = Departure from Manchester



User currently offlineBBADXB From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (6 years 6 months 3 weeks ago) and read 2214 times:



Quoting DavecFlyer (Reply 1):
How are Air Malta doing with regard to all the extra competition - EZY, FR to be precise.

I flew with KM in Feb 06 and I was very impressed with the service. I was disappointed to see them withdraw from the Dublin route after extra competition from FR. Has this trend continued on other routes or is KM holding its own?

I think they are doing very well.
They have a brand new fleet of A320s and A319s. The two 733s are leaving at the end of March.
Their onboard service has been simplified, and the overall experience improved greatly in my opinion.
I do not know how they are doing financially, but their losses are not as bad as they were a few years ago and they should have been back in the black had it not been for the astronomical oil prices.
They seem to have ironed out the differences there were with the unions.
From what I heard, they had been experiencing lighter loads due to LCCs operating to Malta, but they seem to be doing well with their UK charter operations, plus the wetlease of 2xA320s to EY, as well as their services ex-CTA and ex-REG.
Moreover, I feel very safe flying on Air Malta. Unlike some carriers I have flown on, they will not compromise on safety just to keep you happy.

U2 to Malta from Malpensa would be an interesting idea, but I have the impression that Air Malta would fill up any demand left by Alitalia's withdrawal from the route.

It is interesting to see U2 operating a couple of extra flights from Manchester to Malta in the beginning of April - who knows? Maybe there's more to come in the future!


User currently offlineBBADXB From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (6 years 6 months 1 week 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 2101 times:

According to this recent article from The Times of Malta, Air Malta seems to be doing quite well, in spite of all the new LCC flights to the island. This is due to the excellent performance of the tourism figures.

http://www.timesofmalta.com/articles...ding-passenger-figures/Air%20Malta


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