As Air Malta’s summer 22 schedule ended on 31st October, the airline has reported unprecedented levels of seat occupancy, as for five consecutive months, between June and October, it operated at a +90 per cent network wide seat factor, carrying 1,100,000 passengers to and from the Maltese Islands.
David Curmi, Executive Chairman, stated “throughout summer we lived to our purpose of providing regular and stable connectivity at all times. We stood by our belief that it is better to give our customers confidence that they will travel as opposed to enforced flight cancellations leaving customers stranded with no alternative travel options available. Despite the challenges faced at certain of our key airports, we were one of the airlines that cancelled the lowest number of flights keeping delays and disruption to the barest minimum although this was not always within our control.”
Mr Curmi added, “we will continue with our strategy to fly to key European cities and major European airports and cargo hubs and to attach to the bigger airlines through our 13 codeshare and 61 interline agreements. We value our strong partnership with a range of very significant network airlines across a range of alliances that contribute to around 15 per cent of our passengers. We are also looking forward to the bigger long haul network airlines regrowing their schedules as this will provide more long-haul connecting customers over our key European hub airports.”
Roy Kinnear, Chief Commercial Officer, stated “For 2023 and 2024 we have plans to grow our network further and increase our flying time. Whilst existing routes will be retained, we are considering adding five new destinations provided we can get suitable airport slots. This will mean that we will increase our weekly flights by over 20 per cent to155 flights.”