Seen cutting the route launch cake, baked to celebrate the start of Air Malta’s service to Palermo, along with the inaugural captain is Joseph Galea, Air Malta’s Deputy CCO. The 285-kilometre route will be flown by the carrier’s A320s.
- Air Malta returned to Palermo (PMO) on 4 July, ending a five-year hiatus of services between the Sicilian capital and Malta (MLA). The 285-kilometre route will be flown by the carrier twice-weekly (Mondays and Thursdays) on its A320 fleet. The route faces no direct competition, however it should be noted that Luxair’s seasonal service from Luxembourg to Malta operates via Palermo on Sundays. Commenting on the launch, Joseph Galea, Air Malta’s Deputy CCO, said: “This is more good news for our Maltese and Sicilian customers. This service will not be a seasonal route just for summer, but will continue throughout the winter. We expect to carry around 20,000 passengers in the first year of operation.” Palermo becomes the second route to Sicily for Air Malta, with it also serving Catania with 15 weekly flights according to OAG Schedules Analyser data. It should also be noted that the carrier serves Milan Linate and Rome Fiumicino in Italy.