Air Malta will launch 15 new routes this summer, marking its biggest growth ever. The Maltese national carrier has also secured the lease of one Airbus A320neo to help with the network expansion.

Air Malta connects the Mediterranean island-state with 34 scheduled routes and more than 180 return flights per week, including three new intra-European services.

The carrier resumes flights to Casablanca (Maroc), Malaga (Spain) and Lisbon (Portugal). Thirteen new destinations will be added, including Cagliari (Italy), Comiso (Italy), Kiev (Ukraine), Tarbes–Lourdes (France), St Petersburg (Russia), Venice (Italy), Manchester (UK), Frankfurt (Germany) and London South End (UK).

Air Malta CCO Paul Sies said the airline is expanding operations “not just by concentrating on point-to-point connections, but also by tapping into new markets through a series of intra-European services.”

These intra-European services originate from Italy and include Catania-Vienna (Austria), Catania-London Southend and Cagliari-London Southend.

The year, Air Malta will operate 18,230 flights; up 30% or an increase of 4,155 flights compared to 2017. The carrier expects to transport more than 2.3 million passengers, up 43%, or 630,000 more passengers, year-over-year.

Kurt Hofmann, hofmann.aviation@netway.at