Malta Airport to double in size in €100million project

Malta’s airport will double in size in a massive €100 million expansion programme. Bosses promised that the project, which is expected to begin this year, will create a ‘five-star’ terminal ‘that the Maltese Islands can be proud of’. It will include 25 more check-in desks, four new security lanes and 15 more gates in the departure […]

Peter the dog sniffs out illegal cash at Malta’s airport

Customs officials have seized more than €233,000 in undeclared cash at Malta’s airport. Officers discovered nearly €5,000 being carried by a passenger in the departures lounge on Tuesday. His suitcases were offloaded from a plane and an additional €10,000 were found hidden in various clothing items in the luggage. €10,000 were returned to the passenger […]

Malta welcomes first flight from Serbian city of Nis

Malta Airport has welcomed the first flight from Nis, marking the launch of the second direct connection between Malta and Serbia. Flights to Serbia’s third-largest city will be operated by Ryanair every Monday and Friday throughout the winter season. Being one of the oldest cities in Europe, Nis has a lot to offer to history […]

€200,000 cocaine haul seized at Malta’s airport

A €200,000 cocaine haul has been seized in one of the biggest ever drugs seizures at Malta’s airport. Customs officers found 2kg of the Class A drug during a luggage search on Wednesday evening. A man was stopped by officials after flying in from Brussels at around 11pm. A spokesman for the customs department said: […]

WATCH: What pilots really see as they land in Malta

This is the moment a Ryanair pilot brings his jet carrying hundreds of passengers down onto the runway at Malta Airport. Footage from the cockpit shows the captain of the plane smoothly bringing the jet down safely at Luqa. The speed and rapid reactions all pilots must have can then be clearly seen as the […]

Malta International Airshow axed for third year in a row

The Malta International Airshow has been cancelled for the third year in a row. The Malta Aviation Society, which organises the event, confirmed it had ‘ceased all preparations’ for the 2020 show. It blamed bosses at Malta International Airport for ‘refusing to provide adequate parking space’. The last air show took place in 2017. Last […]

Ryanair pilots vote for strike action in row over pay

Pilots at Ryanair are to stage a series of strikes after voting in favour of industrial action in a dispute over pay and conditions. Members of the British Airline Pilots Association voted by four to one to back a campaign of action on a 72% turnout. Strikes will be held from 00.01am on August 22 until 11.59pm […]

Ryanair profits plummet 21% despite low fares push

It operates more flights from Malta’s airport than any other airline. But it seems it’s been a tough few months for Ryanair. The budget carrier has reported a 21 per cent fall in profits to €242 million in the first quarter of this financial year. Bosses blamed lower fares and higher costs for fuel and […]

British Airways axes Cairo flights over security fears

British Airways has suspended all flights to Cairo for seven days as ‘a security precaution’. The airline announced on Saturday evening that all flights into the Egyptian capital were halted. A statement said: ‘We constantly review our security arrangements at all our airports around the world, and have suspended flights to Cairo for seven days […]

Malta’s airport breaks another passenger record

Malta’s airport welcomed a record 3.2 million passengers in the first half of 2019, according to new figures. Bosses announced the results on Tuesday, which reveal an increase in passenger traffic of nearly 6 per cent compared to the same time last year. Airport chief executive Alan Borg said he expected to welcome around 7.2 […]

More than 5,000 turtles seized in luggage at airport

Malaysian authorities have arrested four men and seized more than 5,000 turtles from their luggage at Kuala Lumpur Airport. Officers found 5,255 baby red-ear slider turtles kept in small baskets in the luggage of two Indian nationals who flew in from China. Officials said the men had no permits for the turtles and told investigators that the […]

Malta suffers its wildest May for nearly 70 years

Malta has suffered its stormiest May for nearly 70 years, according to weather experts. Last month was the wildest since 1951 and one of the was also one of the wettest, with more than double the amount of rain normally expected at this time of year. A spokesman for the Met Office in Luqa said: […]

Qatar Airways announces flights from Sydney to Malta via Doha

Qatar Airways is making it even easier for Aussies to come on holiday to Malta. Traditionally, Australian passengers wanting to visit Malta would need to do so via London. But now, that’s all changed. Qatar Airways can fly you directly from Sydney to Malta via Doha. Flights leave daily during the summer months and range […]

Revealed: The worst UK airports for flight delays

London Stansted Airport has been named the worst for flight delays in the UK. New figures from the Civil Aviation Authority show departures from the Essex airport were 25 minutes late on average last year. Both Ryanair and Jet2 Holidays fly regular services between Stansted and Malta. London Stansted is the fourth busiest airport in […]

Qatar Airways to start daily Malta to Doha flights

Qatar Airways has confirmed it will start direct flights between Malta and Doha. The new service will launch on June 4. The airline said it planned to operate daily flights throughout the summer, with four flights a week in the winter months. The new route from Malta International Airport will be served by an A320 […]

Malta on course for record tourism year

It looks like 2019 will be another record year for tourism in Malta and Gozo. New figures show passenger numbers at Malta’s airport soared to a new high in April as thousands of families from Britain, France, Italy and Germany headed to the Maltese Islands for Easter. A total of 653,100 people passed through the […]