I don't think EK
will operate the A380 on the MLA
run, however lots of Lufthansa A380s
are expected to come to Malta. We are happy enough with that for the moment!
Works are underway at MLA
so that the runways, taxiways, aprons and the new hangars being built for Lufthansa Technik (Malta) are A380-ready
within a few months' time. It is for this reason that this year's Malta International Air Show displays are being held over St Paul's Bay and not above the airport.
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I really don't know if a Ryanair invasion would be good for the island. If Ryanair is allowed to fly everywhere it wants, that would be very harmful to Air Malta and all other carriers there. There is already a big dispute about the Bologna and Scandinavia routes. Air Malta is threatening to pull out of Scandinavia next summer if FR is allowed to start serving Stockholm. Air Malta got the Bologna route instead of FR. FR is threatening to pull out completely of Malta if it is not given the right to serve Bologna.
For me something is not clear : I thought any airline could start any route in Europe so what's preventing FR from starting the routes it want?
If Ryanair leaves the island it wouldn't be such a tragedy. All the routes it serves are subsidised so the public is still paying for these services!
I am not aware of any disputes over any routes. Then again, some people cannot refrain from being dramatic and dramatise everything - how pathetic and boring! Yes, both KM
wanted to operate to the Bologna region and a compromise (KM to BLQ
to Treviso) was reached to the satisfaction of all concerned. The authorities have so far done a great job in managing the arrival of low cost carriers, and I have no reason to doubt that this will stop continuing to be so.
Air Malta only flies to ARN
twice weekly and the two destinations are often combined in one flight. On top of that, there are times when either or both cities are not served at all during quieter periods of the year. Any Air Malta suspension of services to Scandinavia will only help FR
to obtain more routes and frequencies to the region, most probably with the great success. Should FR
, although quite unlikely, as mentioned above, it wouldn't be a big deal either: no subsidies would be forked out to FR
from taxpayers' moneys. This would certainly delight Air Malta.
Any EU airline can operate anywhere within the EU. However, FR
, afaik, only operates a route if there's an incentive package on offer in return for the service provided.
I, for one, and many Maltese-born Maltese people with Maltese blood running through their veins would be much happier with an invasion by Ryanair and any other airlines wishing to operate to MLA
, than by an invasion of "irregular" and whatever immigrants arriving at Malta expecting the authorities to provide them with everything for free without contributing a cent to the economy.