Air Malta adds three new sectors to London Southend

Despite there being four new routes being launched from Malta this week by Air Malta, the airport’s celebrations were centred on Cagliari, which was a previously unserved market from the gateway. The first flight passengers and crew were keen to get involved and to take a peek at the fabulous cake baked for the ocassion.

Air Malta is now operating three flights a week to Malta from London Southend – the airline also has flights twice-weekly to both Catania and Cagliari. The flights were welcomed with the traditional water arch salute from the Airport Fire Service and a large, impressive and very creative, celebratory cake to mark the occasion.

  • Air Malta has launched three new direct services to London Southend (SEN) in the past week. The airline began by introducing a three times weekly connection on the 2,100-kilometre sector from Malta on 4 May. It then launched a link on the 1,513-kilometre Cagliari (CAG) sector on 6 May, followed by the introduction of the 1,928-kilometre Catania (CTA) route on 7 May. The Cagliari and Catania routes will both be served twice-weekly, with the former operated on Wednesdays and Sundays, and the latter on Mondays and Thursdays. This means that Air Malta will offer one flight per day from Southend, year-round. There is no competition on the Cagliari and Catania airport pairs, which are the only services Air Malta operates from a UK airport that do not feature a direct connection to Malta. On both the Sardinia and Sicily links, there is an option to travel onward to Malta after a short stop. The direct Malta flights are the only new link with incumbent competition, with easyJet already providing twice-weekly flights. All three routes will be flown on Air Malta A320s. The airline also resumed services from Malta to Manchester (MAN) on 1 May. See how London Southend Airport’s FTWA compares to others from around the world.
Launched From To Aircraft (WF) Competition
01 May Malta (MLA) Manchester (MAN) A319 (1) easyJet (7), Ryanair (3), Jet2.com (2), TUI Airways (2), Thomas Cook Airlines (1)
04 May London Southend (SEN) A320 (7) easyJet (2)
06 May Cagliari (CAG) A320 (2)  
Malta (MLA) Cagliari (CAG)  
07 May Catania (CTA) London Southend (SEN)  
Source: OAG Schedules Analyser w/c 8 May. WF = Weekly frequencies.

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