LONDON – With Air Malta’s Summer 22 schedule officially ended on 31 October, the Maltese flag carrier has achieved unprecedented levels of seat occupancy. Across the five consecutive months between June and October it operated at a +90% network wide seat factor, carrying 1,100,000 passengers from and to the Maltese Islands.
David Curmi, Executive Chairman, stated “Throughout summer we lived to our purpose of providing regular and stable connectivity at all times.”
“We stood by our belief that it is better to give our customers confidence that they will travel as opposed to enforced flight cancellations leaving customers stranded with no alternative travel options available.”
“Despite the challenges faced at certain of our key airports, we were one of the airlines that cancelled the lowest number of flights keeping delays and disruption to the barest minimum although this was not always within our control.”
Future network plans
Discussing the future plans for the airline, David Curmi added, “We will continue with our strategy to fly to key European cities and major European airports and cargo hubs and to attach to the bigger airlines through our 13 codeshare and 61 interline agreements.”
“We value our strong partnership with a range of very significant network airlines across a range of alliances that contribute to around 15% of our passengers.”
“We are also looking forward to the bigger long-haul network airlines re-growing their schedules as this will provide more long-haul connecting customers over our key European hub airports.”
Roy Kinnear, Chief Commercial Officer, further added “For 2023 and 2024 we have plans to grow our network further and increase our flying time.”
“Whilst existing routes will be retained, we are considering adding five new destinations provided we can get suitable airport slots. This will mean that we will increase our weekly flights by over 20% to 155 flights.”
About Air Malta
Air Malta started flying operations on 1 April 1974 with seven scheduled services across Europe and North Africa and two wet-leased aircraft. The airline now operates a fleet of eight Airbus aircraft – four A320neo and four A320ceo aircraft.
Over the course of its history Air Malta transported over 55 million passengers safely to and from the Maltese Islands.
Air Malta is a full-service point-to-point carrier. The airline has a stated goal of providing stable and regular connectivity to and from the Maltese Islands at all times.
Air Malta was previously voted the 3rd ‘Best Regional Airline in Europe’ and the 10th ‘Best Regional Airline in the World’ at the Skytrax World Airline Awards 2021.