Promotion: Exploring the beautiful island of Malta and its charming, capital city, Valletta, has never been easier thanks to new regular flights from the UK.
Air Malta has launched (in May 2018) a much-anticipated route from London Southend to the Mediterranean island three times weekly, every Tuesday, Friday and Saturday.
The airline has also started operating a twice-weekly flight to Cagliari in Sardinia every Wednesday and Sunday, and a twice-weekly flight to Catania, Sicily, every Monday and Thursday.
Those travelling to or from London Southend can also opt to travel via Catania or Cagliari — connecting Malta and London Southend with a daily flight.
These routes will continue through Winter 2018/19, allowing travellers to experience late-season sun on the idyllic isles.
The introduction of these routes are very timely given Valletta is the 2018 European Capital of Culture. The city has also recently launched a Gastro Trail, which gives travellers a way of exploring the island through its cuisine, visiting cheese makers, vineyards and restaurants.
Joseph Galea, Air Malta’s acting chief executive, said: “We are delighted to launch our services from London Southend. This is not only a milestone for the airline, but it represents as well, a strong commitment by Air Malta to better connect the Mediterranean region to major European gateways.
“Air Malta is following a growth strategy, expanding its operations with over 4,000 new sectors this year. Over the last six months we have launched 19 new routes some of which are not only connecting Malta to new destinations but are also offering intra-European services like Catania – Vienna and now London Southend – Catania and London Southend – Cagliari.
“Our intention is to continue expanding our operations as we aim to become the ‘Airline of the Mediterranean”.
Glyn Jones, chief executive officer of Stobart Aviation, owners of London Southend Airport said: “We’re delighted to welcome Air Malta to London Southend – the UK capital’s best and fastest growing airport.
“With our multi-award winning facilities offering the strategic advantages and capacity that airlines want, fast and frequent train services to London, market-leading record for punctuality and a unique customer service that our passengers love, we look forward to providing an excellent service to passengers wanting to explore Malta, Sicily and Sardinia.
Malta’s Minister for Tourism Dr Konrad Mizzi said, “This is a significant milestone for Air Malta and a further important step towards its growth. Over the last nine months the airline has increased its capacity by adding new aircraft to its fleet while planning to carry more passengers this year. As a Government we fully support its strategy since we believe that it is an important pillar for our economy.”
To find out more, see airmalta.com/traveltrade-uk