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This Was A Good Week To Be A Maltese Traveller

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Maltese travellers, rejoice: this week brings good tidings for anyone wanting to travel to places like Berlin, Barcelona, Budapest or Paris, with many new direct routes to and from Malta announced. 

Apart from the new routes, a new airline, Qatar Airways, has announced it will start operating from Malta, offering more connectivity than ever.

Malta and the Malta International Airport also received a number of awards this week for being so awesome.

New direct flights to Berlin

Air Malta has announced that it will be starting two flights every week direct to Berlin from November. Tourism Minister Konrad Mizzi, who was speaking at a tourism fair in Berlin, said that he was “happy to note that Air Malta is fast become an agile organisation able to renew itself, adapt, change quickly, and succeed in a rapidly changing environment.”

He also said that Malta was no longer just a summer resort destination but has become a centre for culture. 

The flights are scheduled for Sundays and Wednesdays, and may be increased in summer depending on demand. This is the 14th new route to be announced by Air Malta recently.

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8 new Ryanair routes

Ryanair launched 48 routes for its winter 2018 schedule, including 8 new routes. 

The new routes will be to:

  • Barcelona
  • Bratislava 
  • Budapest 
  • Paris Beauvais
  • Porto
  • Pescara
  • Seville 
  • Tallinn

The Barcelona flight will be four times a week, with most of the others being twice a week apart from Paris Beauvais (3 times a week) and Tallinn (1 time a week).

“To celebrate the launch of Ryanair’s Malta winter 2018 schedule, we have seats for sale from Malta from just €14.99 for travel in March and April which are available for booking until midnight Saturday (10 Mar),” said the CMO of Ryanair Kenny Jacobs.

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New Qatar Airways routes

Qatar Airways will also be launching a series of direct flights to and from Malta this year. Some of the destinations that will be included are Madrid, London Gatwick, Barcelona, and Lisbon.

Cities in the Philippines and Vietnam will also be added to the list of new destinations. 

Tourism Minister Konrad Mizzi said that he wanted more connectivity and less difficulties for Maltese people and people travelling from Malta to go overseas. He said the new Qatar deal would be supplementing the work of other airlines locally, such as Lufthansa and Emirates and Turkish Airlines.

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Numerous awards and strong growth

Malta’s tourism industry is doing well apparently, with numerous awards coming our way this week:

Malta was named European Destination of the Year by Connoisseur Circle at an event at the Sheraton Grand Hotel Esplanade in Berlin. 

Malta International Airport also came in second place among 343 European airports in the Airports Council International’s (ACI) Airport Service Quality awards after a year of refurbishments in 2017.

MIA also registered the busiest February yet in terms of passenger numbers, with an 18% growth after 349,420 passengers made use of MIA. 

Malta International Airport is now looking ahead to unveiling a new flight schedule boasting more than 100 destinations towards the end of March to coincide with the start of summer for the aviation industry

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