Air Malta to relaunch Manchester service

Valletta panorama, Malta

Air Malta is set to relaunch flights between Manchester and Malta after scrapping the route earlier this year.

The airline had stated that the decision to axe the route would save it €2 million and the chance to focus on more profitable routes. In a press release this morning, it says the decision has “been reversed in line with Air Malta’s growth strategy”.

Commenting on the relaunch, UK and Ireland director of Malta Tourism Authority Peter Vella said:

“Capitalising on Malta’s increasing popularity, we’re looking forward to welcoming this flight back to Manchester, offering genuine Maltese hospitality from the moment of take-off.”

Starting from May 1, 2018, the summer service will operate weekly until October 16, departing Tuesdays at 0730 from Malta, arriving in Manchester at 1005, with the return leg leaving Manchester at 1055 and landing in Malta at 1515.

The route joins Air Malta’s existing summer UK routes, including Heathrow Terminal 4 (double daily and three times daily on a Friday), Gatwick South Terminal (daily), Birmingham and Bristol (weekly).

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  • OK – sounds like good news, the outbound flight is well timed but will holidaymakers want to get up at 3.30 am in Malta to get to the airport for 5.30am to get a 7.30am flight back home? This is half expected from LCCs. Surely a national airline can offer better timings. Unless the price is very competitive, I think they may have problems with the return sector. There are returns legs back to Manchester this year on Jet2 EasyJet and Ryanair at sensible times.

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