Three flights to Malta di­verted to Cata­nia af­ter land­ing sys­tem shut­down

Malta Independent - - NEWS - Gabriel Schem­bri

Three flights which were due to land in Malta yes­ter­day af­ter­noon had to be di­verted be­cause the In­stru­ment Land­ing Sys­tem is not work­ing.

This news­room is in­formed that one par­tic­u­lar Vuel­ing flight from Barcelona, which was due to land in Malta at 1:15pm, was di­verted to Cata­nia. Pas­sen­gers were told that it would be best if “they go by ferry or wait for the clouds to clear”.

Meanwhile, con­tacted by this news­pa­per, a spokesper­son for the Malta In­ter­na­tional Air­port said that at the mo­ment, MIA is in­vest­ing €1.6 mil­lion in up­grad­ing its In­stru­ment Land­ing Sys­tem, which pro­vides pi­lots with guid­ance dur­ing an ap­proach to land. “Un­for­tu­nately this project has been de­layed due to cir­cum­stances out­side of our con­trol.”

“The run­way fac­ing the northerly land­ing di­rec­tion re­mains avail­able, how­ever, due to in­clement weather con­di­tions some in­com­ing flights were di­verted. In the mean­time, other ar­rivals from Eind­hoven, Gerona, and Paris amongst oth­ers, have in fact landed”.

MIA is mak­ing every en­deavor to en­sure that the works are com­pleted as soon as pos­si­ble and apol­o­gized to af­fected pas­sen­gers for any in­con­ve­nience caused.

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