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Malta will get a new direct connection to the new Salerno Costa d’Amalfi Airport in Italy starting 25th July 2024.

Universal Air, a new airline that fully launched earlier this year, on Wednesday (today) announced that it will be launching bi-weekly flights connecting Malta to the new airport, in addition to its summer schedule.

As a result, the new route will make it one of the first airlines to utilise the new airport, which is set to open in July 2024.

Prior to this new route, travellers wishing to visit the popular Amalfi coast from Malta would have to either go via cruise or fly to Naples International Airport and then travel around 59 kilometres by car or public transport.

The new airport is located in an airfield that was first built in 1926 and has served as a military airport, flying school, firefighting centre, and private airport over the years. While modifications were made in 2007 to open the airport to commercial flights, it subsequently closed completely in 2016.

However, the runway has now been extended and works are underway on a new passenger terminal with a view to being completed by 2027.

Budget airlines Volotea and easyJet have since announced that they will serve the airport with new domestic and international routes.

Universal Air is the latest airline to start operating at the airport and will offer flights from Malta to Salerno on Mondays and Thursdays.

Simon Cook, CEO at Universal Air, said: “We are thrilled to launch our new route from Malta to Salerno, offering a convenient and cost-effective connection to one of Italy’s most beautiful regions.”

“It has always been about connecting travellers to different culture across the Mediterranean for us, and this route is a testament to that. We are excited about the potential this new route has for both leisure and business travellers and the broader economic impact for the destination,” he added.

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