London Southend welcomes the launch of daily flights by Air Malta; anna.aero joins the airport and airline to celebrate the start of services
Air Malta has launched three new direct services to London Southend Airport 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, with this route operating on Tuesdays, Fridays and Saturdays. It then launched a link on the 1,513-kilometre Cagliari sector on 6 May, followed by the introduction of the 1,928-kilometre Catania 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 two flights per week. All three routes will be flown on Air Malta A320s.
London Southend ambitious for further growth
“This winter we will extend the terminal by about one-third and that will give us terminal capacity for about 6.0-6.5 million passengers per year,” Glyn Jones, CEO of Stobart Aviation, owners of London Southend Airport, informed anna.aero Chief Analyst Nick Preston. “We have told our shareholders that we will be handling 5.0 million passengers by 2023 and the work that we’re doing with Air Malta is a great step in the right direction. Making these three routes work is absolutely crucial,” continued Jones. “Air Malta is a flag carrier with a two-class product, so we’re serving business class passengers and expanding our offering. If we can make this work and I am absolutely confident that we can, it will set a good example for other carriers to look at.”
Joseph Galea, Acting CEO Air Malta said “Air Malta is very excited. London has always been a major destination for Maltese people, and Malta is a popular attraction for British people, so the connectivity we are now offering between Malta and London – plus Cagliari and Catania – makes it very exciting for us. Mostly we fly point to point, but the London Southend product gives us the opportunity to combine Sardinia and Sicily – it is already doing well, so we are thrilled as it is where we want to go in the future.”