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Ryanair Daily To Malta From Stansted  
User currently offlineBBADXB From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Posted (7 years 4 months 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 7008 times:

Starting at the end of March, Ryanair will be flying twice daily between London and Malta.

The new service departs Stansted's airport early in the morning for a mid-day arrival at Malta, followed by a quick turnaround back to Stansted, landing in the UK mid afternoon.

The new service compliments the Luton flight that departs towards mid afternoon arriving at Malta in the early evening, with the return service arriving back at Luton towards midnight.

This brings the number of destinations served by Ryanair to 11: Girona, Dublin, Stockholm-Skavsta, Bristol, Luton, Stansted, Edinburgh, Treviso, Pisa, Trapani and Bari.

Alicante, Oslo-Torp and Madrid remain on my wishlist of Ryanair destinations from Malta, together with a Polish, a Greek, a Portuguese, and a Moroccan city.

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User currently offlineHumberside From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2005, 4949 posts, RR: 4
Reply 1, posted (7 years 4 months 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 6884 times:

Are KM ending STN service or are FR doing this without incentives?

[Edited 2009-01-25 12:48:22]

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User currently offlineBBADXB From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (7 years 4 months 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 6767 times:

No STN flights show up on KM's online booking engine, nor on their online schedules.

Ryanair on the route is 10x better than having KM operating the route. The problems with KM's STN service were that their schedules were not convenient at all ex-MLA, then it was operated as a no-frills flight, yet no low fares were available whenever I checked, and it only operated twice or thrice weekly.

With Ryanair, schedules ex-MLA are great (not so good ex-STN, but one can take the Luton flight ex-UK), really low fares most of the time, and it's a daily service from the end of March till the end of October.

The route should be formally announced shortly

User currently offlineBabybus From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (7 years 4 months 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 6727 times:

Double daily seems a bit excessive for Malta. The entire population of Malta would probably have to travel once a week to service that aircraft.  Silly

I find it amazing that FR can make such routes work for them.

User currently offlineBBADXB From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (7 years 4 months 18 hours ago) and read 6583 times:

You'd be surprised with the amount of islanders booking with Ryanair (and easyjet) for their London shopping jaunts. January has always been particularly popular because of the fabulous London sales and from what I've heard in town, this year, with unbelievably cheap Ryanair flights, and a bargain €/£ exchange rate, it has been a real bumper.

User currently offlineRdwootty From United Kingdom, joined Sep 2005, 907 posts, RR: 2
Reply 5, posted (7 years 4 months 9 hours ago) and read 6434 times:

It always amazes me that Ryanair have this thing about checked bags and yet operate a holiday route where they know there will be plenty of bags. maybe this is the reason, cheap fares and the hit them with the extras so they pay more than BA

User currently offlineBBADXB From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (7 years 4 months 6 hours ago) and read 6363 times:

Even with the checked-in bags' charges, if you book early enough, it is still much cheaper to fly FR or U2 than BA or KM. Then again, you cannot compare the service and the frills you get on KM and BA to FR or U2. I guess it's a fair deal, any way you choose to fly.

User currently offlineGilesdavies From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2003, 3203 posts, RR: 1
Reply 7, posted (7 years 3 months 4 weeks 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 6257 times:

Have flown FR 2-3 on their LTN-MLA route and it is a very successful route year round! Nothing is advertised or available to book on the Ryanair website from STN to MLA.

Last trip was at the start of December for a short winter getaway, and this would be considered one of the quietest times to travel and the flight was full in both directions. It is a fairly even mix of Brits and Maltese on the all flights I have taken.

Malta has very close links to the UK and many Maltese have family and friends living in the UK. Also with both countries speaking English, it makes it very attractive destination.

Obviously the island is very small with only about 400,000 resident (which is a lot for the size of the country), so there is only going to be limited demand. But FR seem to have got the right balance.

The reason why the route was launched from Luton was at the time MLA was an extremely expensive airport to fly to (it might still be), and the Maltese government wanted to attracted LCC which had steered clear of the island because of the airport fees. But they offered LCC incentives to fly to the island so long as they were not directly competing with Air Malta's own routes. As Air Malta flew from STN, LGW and LHR it ruled FR out of operating the route from these airports so used one of the LTN based aircraft to fly the route.

If KM are are no longer serving STN, then I suppose Ryanair maybe able to secure similar incentives from the Maltese gowverment to fly from there. I just hope it does not come at the expense of LTN!

User currently offlineBBADXB From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 8, posted (7 years 3 months 4 weeks 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 6205 times:

Quoting Gilesdavies (Reply 7):
If KM are no longer serving STN, then I suppose Ryanair maybe able to secure similar incentives from the Maltese government to fly from there. I just hope it does not come at the expense of LTN!

MLA-LTN flights appear to be confirmed up to the end of October (operating as a daily service).
I think that FR have managed to secure incentives to operate the STN-MLA route.
I hope that both routes continue to operate past the end of October (although not necessarily with the same frequency). We'll see.

What's very interesting about all this is that over a relatively very short period of time, Ryanair have announced a good number of routes ex-MLA such EDI, BRS, TPS and this still to be announced service from STN (FR0912/FR0913). I believe that this augurs very well for future route network development ex-Malta, and I believe that at this rate, Ryanair may announce a Malta base by 2012.

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