Air Malta hires new planes for the busy summer months

Air Malta

Anticipating a busy summer, Air Malta is hiring an additional aircraft to increase its flights over the coming months.

In a statement on Friday, the national airline said it would lease the plane and crew from GetJet Airlines, a charter company based in Lithuania. The deal will end in October 2022.

Air Malta chief commercial officer Roy Kinnear said the new aircraft will enable it to operate additional flights to destinations including Madrid, Prague, Lyon and charter services to Warsaw.

“It is encouraging to see air transport rebound strongly and demand from customers who wanted to travel again, up sharply. In April and May, we flew over 267,000 guests on our 17 routes, achieving unprecedented seat fill rates for the two months,” Kinnear said.

The airline’s executive chairman, David G. Curmi, hailed the increase in travel following the difficult period of the global Covid pandemic.

The record seat load factor levels recorded by Air Malta, he said, were expected to continue in the coming months and the network’s occupancy level in June was above 90%.

With this additional aircraft, Air Malta will operate this summer with eight Airbus aircraft, all based in Malta.

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