Air Malta has announced plans to resume flights to London Gatwick airport next year, following the route’s suspension last year as a result of Covid-19.

The carrier said that it would operate a daily service to Gatwick from March 27, 2022, as part of next summer’s schedules offering over 250 flights per week to 20 destinations.

The airline also said that it would resume flights to Madrid (three times weekly) and Moscow Sheremetyevo (twice weekly) next summer, and would operate a total of 15 services per week to London Heathrow over the period.

Executive chairman David G Curmi said that Air Malta planned “to effectively double our capacity which we will operate during this forthcoming winter period”, with a focus on core European markets.

The carrier also said that continued codeshares with Aeroflot, Air Baltic, Air France, Austrian Airlines, Brussels Airlines, Czech Airlines, Emirates, Etihad, KLM, Lufthansa, Qatar Airways, Swiss and Turkish Airlines, would “enhance its network capabilities”.

Commenting on the news Roy Kinnear, Air Malta’s chief commercial officer, said:

“We have started to see signs of recovery across our European markets, obviously with some regions responding faster than others. We are glad to announce our intention to resume services to London Gatwick, Madrid and Moscow, three routes which we had to unfortunately temporarily suspend last year.

“Over the last months we have worked hard to put in place a stronger sales and distribution strategy, signing agreements with key sales representatives in various markets and revamping our website and booking engine. I am positively optimistic that these changes, together with strong demand for travel next year, will support us to have a great 2022.”

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