From 4 May, Air Malta will launch three new routes to the Mediterranean from London Southend Airport. In addition to operating direct flights to Malta, of which Valletta is the 2018 European Capital of Culture, the airline will also be offering services to Catania, Sicily and to Cagliari, the capital of Sardinia. Waving the flags at the news at the London airport were: Peter Vella, Director UK & Ireland, Malta Tourism Authority; Glyn Jones, CEO, London Southend Airport; and Giovanni Costa, UK Market Manager, Air Malta.
On 15 February, Riga Airport welcomed the 11 millionth passenger carried by Ryanair since the Irish ULCC launched services from the airport in 2004. The lucky passenger Gatis Krēsliņš went on a holiday to Milan, Italy. To mark the occasion, Riga Airport and Ryanair prepared a surprise for all passengers on the flight, an Italian-style party with singer Roberto. “We are pleased to celebrate carrying 11 million customers to/from Riga since our first flight took off in 2004. This milestone highlights our commitment to supporting Latvia’s tourism industry and we look forward to continuing to grow traffic in Riga,” said Chris Lundshøj, Sales and Marketing Executive for Nordics and Baltics, Ryanair. “The entry of Ryanair in 2004 was an event of major importance for Riga Airport that provided, and continues to provide, our passengers with extensive travel opportunities. I am happy that Ryanair continues to expand its service from Riga offering travellers new and exciting destinations,” said Ilona Līce, Chairperson of the Board of Riga International Airport.
Jumping for joy in Cornwall. Ryanair has made one of its three summer season routes from Cornwall Airport Newquay into a year-round operation, announcing its twice-weekly Alicante service will continue to operate into W18/19. The 1,396-kilometre sector will be operating on Wednesdays and Sundays from the UK’s fastest-growing airport. “Winter sun has been a key priority for us for some time and to secure this route year round is great news for the continued growth of the airport and for the people of Cornwall,” informs Al Titterington, MD at Cornwall Airport Newquay.