Air Malta’s newly released summer schedule is in line with the national carrier’s strategy of “being a point-to-point carrier operating major European cities and major airports attaching to larger network airlines through key interline partnerships and code-sharing agreements.”
Commenting on the plan, which details routes to 20 cities and a commitment to operate 3,012 flights throughout the six-month programme (May-October 2021), Chief Commercial Officer Roy Kinnear said the schedule focuses on Malta’s core markets for inbound tourism.
The summer the airline will operate direct flights to/from Amsterdam, Brussels, Catania, Frankfurt, Geneva, Lisbon, London Heathrow, Lyon, Manchester, Munich, Milan Linate, Moscow*, Palermo, Paris Charles De Gaulle, Paris Orly, Prague, Rome, Tel Aviv*, Vienna, and Zurich (* – operations to these airports is subject to the opening of safe corridors).
Key highlights during peak season include:
• Up to 10 weekly services on London Heathrow
• Twice-weekly services to Manchester, supporting the Midlands and North of the UK
• Up to 11 weekly services on Charles de Gaulle and Orly airports in Paris
• Up to nine weekly services on Catania
• Rome, Munich, and Vienna all served up to five times weekly.
The loss of air connectivity to and from Malta as a result of the pandemic has been cited as a major concern for the country’s prospects at economic recovery. In 2020, the Central Bank of Malta noted that over 50 direct routes were lost, and, among them, were important hubs.
Commenting on the schedule, Air Malta’s Executive Chairman, David G Curmi, said:
“We are happy to note the gradual increase of consumer confidence and propensity to travel this summer. This increase, driven primarily by the success of the vaccination rollouts in many countries, especially in Malta, augurs well for an easing of travel restrictions and a restart in tourism this summer. We are happy to be part of the process and help re-open our Islands to tourism.
“The health and safety of our customers and crew remains our top priority and we will continue to abide by all health and safety requirements of the countries to and from which we operate.”
Customers wishing to book can call the Airline’s call centre on +356 21662211 or visit its Sales Office at Malta International Airport. Bookings can also be made through the airline’s website or any travel agent.
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