Air Malta was received with a water arch salute at Tarbes Lourdes on 29 June. The airline launched a twice-weekly service to the French airport from its home base of Malta that day, with Tarbes Lourdes becoming the carrier’s fifth destination in France after Lyon, Marseille and Paris’ CDG and Orly.
- Air Malta launched flights between its home base of Malta (MLA) and Tarbes Lourdes (LDE) on 29 June, the airline’s fith destination in France after Lyon, Marseille, plus Paris’ CDG and Orly. The Mediterranean island flag carrier will offer a twice-weekly (Mondays and Fridays) service on the 1,281-kilometre city pair using its fleet of A320s. No other operator presently connects the two European airports. This is Air Malta’s second route launch of the past few weeks, having commenced a weekly service to Kiev Boryspil on 19 June. Air Malta is one of four airlines that is offering scheduled flights between Malta and France in S18, with it occupying 66% market share. It is followed by Ryanair (18%), Transavia France (9.2%) and Volotea (6.8%). In total there are 172,300 one-way seats being flown between Malta and France this summer, up by over 10% versus S17. See how Tarbes Lourdes Airport’s FTWA compares to others from around the world.