Here's what's happening on the island's aviation scene.
~ Harbour Air
have started scenic flights around Malta and scheduled flights between the Grand Harbour at Valletta and Mgarr Harbour at Gozo island.
~ Air Malta will continue operating the twice-weekly Malta-Benghazi
route throughout the winter schedule (Tue & Thu). Air Malta's Malta-Frankfurt
route gets an extra 2 weekly winter
frequencies (Mon & Sat), up to five from last winter's thrice-weekly (Wed, Fri & Sun) - the codeshare agreement between Air Malta and Lufthansa on both companies' services between Frankfurt and Malta remains in effect.
~ Ryanair have announced a Valencia-Malta
thrice-weekly service starting on October 30th, operating Tue, Thu & Sat with mid-day schedules. Ryanair start thrice-weekly Girona-Malta
services on the same day (also operating on Tue, Thu & Sat) and a Stockholm(NYO)-Malta
twice weekly service from October 31st (operating Wed & Sat).
~ Air Malta and Lufthansa have started codesharing on some Bremen-Frankfurt and Bremen-Munich
services operated by Lufthansa. This agreement remains in effect until the end of October 2008.
~ Air Malta will wetlease
some of its A320s to Eithad Airways
for the winter months.
~ Air Malta will continue to operate some of its Catania routes
throughout the winter timetable; the Munich-Catania
route will continue to be served five times weekly - three frequencies are operated by Air Malta (Mon, Wed & Fri) and two flights are operated by Lufthansa (Sat & Sun), with both airlines codesharing on each other's services; the Gatwick-Catania
service will continue to operate thrice-weekly (Mon, Thu & Sat); Air Malta will operate Malta-Casablanca, via Catania
in both directions once weekly (Sun) - for the summer schedule, this service is operating in a triangular routing twice weekly (Fri: MLA
, & Sun: MLA
); Air Malta stops its thrice weekly (Tue, Thu & Sat) Catania-Geneva
service at the end of October.
~ Olympic Airlines
remains Air Malta's codeshare partner for Air Malta's twice-weekly (Mon & Fri) service between Athens and Malta through the winter schedule. Air Malta's drift towards Star Alliance partners doesn't seem to apply for this destination. Codesharing with Aegean Airlines does not seem to be on the cards.
~ Air Malta and Air One start codesharing on the Malta-Rome, Malta-Reggio Calabria
and Rome-Reggio Calabria
flights operated by Air Malta with the start of the winter timetable.
~ Air Malta's weekly (Tue) Barcelona-Reggio Calabria
ends on September 20th.
~ GB Airways' Manchester-Malta
flight goes from daily to thrice-weekly (Mon, Thu & Sun) for the winter schedule (leaving their daily Gatwick-Malta unchanged).