Air Malta to increase flights to Malta this Winter

National airline Air Malta has said that it will be increasing flights on its Malta based routes this winter (Novermber- March 2016)

The national airline has issued a statement to explain that contrary to the impression that is being given, Air Malta is not decreasing any flights, but will be actually increasing operations on its Malta based routes this winter.

“In effect the airline is planning to carry more tourists to the islands whilst utilising fewer aircraft,” it said in a statement issued earlier today.

“Air Malta absolutely agrees that aircraft are there to fly, and seeing opportunities in this area, the management has drafted plans to increase aircraft utilisation hours this winter and operate the same amount of 4,452 flight sectors with seven instead of eight aircraft.”

The statement added that Air Malta’s ultimate aim is to do more with less and increase productivity of its assets.

“Various initiatives are being taken, such as operating more night flights, carrying out more maintenance during the night, improving aircraft turnaround times and modifying flight departure times. Air Malta reviews the profitability of all flights routes and optimises its capacity accordingly.”

It added that aircraft are fundamental but a costly resource to any airline.

“All 12 Air Malta aircraft are leased in, with each lease costing millions of Euros each year. In the last few years Air Malta leased out two aircraft to foreign operators in order to recover part of its leasing costs,” the statement continues.

Air Malta said that is in the process of building a sustainable basis so that in future it will be in a position to grow its network and fleet in a methodical manner according to requirements.

“All the initiatives have to be understood in the light of the constraints imposed by the Restructuring Plan agreed with the EU Commission. This plan limits Air Malta by the number of flights it can operate on certain profitable routes.”

“Air Malta will continue to be the backbone of Maltese tourism assisting the local operators whilst at the same time supporting the local community and other business enterprises all year round”

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