Air Malta cel­e­brates new routes

The Malta Business Weekly - - FRONT PAGE -

Last week­end Air Malta started its much-an­tic­i­pated flights be­tween Malta to Lon­don Southend, Malta to Cagliari and flights be­tween Lon­don Southend, Cata­nia and Cagliari Air­ports. Air Malta will con­tinue to op­er­ate these routes in win­ter 2018/9.

The Mal­tese air­line started op­er­at­ing a twice-weekly flight to Cagliari in Sar­dinia ev­ery Wed­nes­day and Sun­day, a twice-weekly flight to Cata­nia ev­ery Mon­day and Thurs­day and three times weekly to Malta ev­ery Tues­day, Fri­day and Satur­day.

Cus­tomers trav­el­ling to/from Lon­don Southend can also opt to travel via Cata­nia or Cagliari thus con­nect­ing Malta and Lon­don Southend with a daily flight.

Dur­ing an event at Lon­don Southend Air­port Joseph Galea, Air Malta’s act­ing chief Ex­ec­u­tive stated: “We are delighted to launch our ser­vices from Lon­don Southend. This is not only a milestone for the air­line, but it rep­re­sents as well a strong com­mit­ment by Air Malta to bet­ter con­nect the Mediter­ranean re­gion to ma­jor Eu­ro­pean gate­ways. Air Malta is fol­low­ing a growth strat­egy, ex­pand­ing its op­er­a­tions with over 4,000 new sec­tors this year. Over the last six months we have launched 19 new routes some of which are not only con­nect­ing Malta to new des­ti­na­tions but are also of­fer­ing in­tra-Eu­ro­pean ser­vices like Cata­nia – Vi­enna and now Lon­don Southend – Cata­nia and Lon­don Southend – Cagliari. We are aim­ing to con­tinue ex­pand­ing our op­er­a­tions as we be­come the Air­line of the Mediter­ranean.

Glyn Jones, chief Ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer of Sto­bart Avi­a­tion, own­ers of Lon­don Southend Air­port said: “We’re delighted to wel­come Air Malta to Lon­don Southend – the UK cap­i­tal’s best and fastest grow­ing air­port. With our multi-award win­ning fa­cil­i­ties of­fer­ing the strate­gic ad­van­tages and ca­pac­ity that air­lines want, fast and fre­quent train ser­vices to Lon­don, mar­ket-lead­ing record for punc­tu­al­ity and a unique cus­tomer ser­vice that our pas­sen­gers love, we look for­ward to pro­vid­ing an ex­cel­lent ser­vice to pas­sen­gers want­ing to ex­plore Malta, Si­cily and Sar­dinia.

Min­is­ter for Tourism Dr Kon­rad Mizzi com­mented: “This is a sig­nif­i­cant milestone for Air Malta and a fur­ther im­por­tant step towards its growth. Over the last nine months the air­line has in­creased its ca­pac­ity by adding new air­craft to its fleet while plan­ning to carry more pas­sen­gers this year. As a government we fully support its strat­egy since we be­lieve that it is an im­por­tant pil­lar for our econ­omy.”

Cata­nia is the sec­ond largest city of Si­cily and it is lo­cated on the east coast of this Ital­ian is­land, mak­ing it pos­si­ble to witness im­pec­ca­ble views of the crys­talline blue Io­nian Sea. Sit­u­ated just be­neath the tow­er­ing and out­ra­geously mag­nif­i­cent Mount Etna, the city of­fers trav­ellers the pos­si­bil­ity to im­merse them­selves in the cul­ture and his­tory of this splen­did place. Stroll through the main square known as Piazza Duomo, which was de­signed by the com­mend­able ar­chi­tect Gio­vanni Bat­tista Vac­carini and ad­mire the striking Baroque style. Visit the Duomo – the cathe­dral ded­i­cated to Cata­nia’s pa­tron St Agatha and the Badìa di Sant’Agata, another im­pres­sive struc­ture which con­trib­utes to the grand­ness of the square.

Fur­ther­more, at the very cen­tre of the piazza one can­not miss the city’s sym­bolic mon­u­ment Fon­tana dell’Ele­fante, which is a lava ele­phant foun­tain car­ry­ing an obelisk and bear­ing an in­scrip­tion.

The city is dot­ted with in­ter­est­ing his­tor­i­cal land­marks but the old fortress of Castello Ursino should def­i­nitely not be missed. The fish mar­ket, La Pescheria is con­sid­ered as an iconic cul­tural at­trac­tion in Cata­nia, and whether you like fish or not it’s well worth a walk around.

Apart from street mar­kets, Cata­nia is also home to count­less crafts­men, artists and small busi­nesses. The city is renowned for sig­na­ture culi­nary de­lights such as the pop­u­lar dish pasta a la Norma, Arancini di riso and Can­noli di ri­cotta.

Cagliari, the cap­i­tal city of the Is­land of Sar­dinia is an an­cient mu­nic­i­pal that has been home to var­i­ous civ­i­liza­tions. Visit the main his­tor­i­cal district of Castello in Cagliari, which was founded by the Pisans in the 13th cen­tury and is set around a fortress sur­rounded by walls, tow­ers and bas­tions. Wan­der­ing through the charm­ing streets and pas­sages of Castello can only be de­fined as a unique ex­pe­ri­ence that will take any trav­eller back in time. The im­pos­ing Cathe­dral of Santa Maria on Piazza Palazzo should not be missed. A num­ber of splen­did domes and tow­ers dom­i­nate the city scape of this beau­ti­ful me­dieval ci­tadel.

Castello is also re­garded as home to a great num­ber of mu­se­ums such as the Ar­chae­o­log­i­cal Mu­seum, The National Pic­ture Gallery and Mu­seum of Ori­en­tal Art. Cus­tomers are able to book flights through any travel agent in Italy, the UK and Malta, www.air­malta.com, on­line travel agents, and by call­ing Air Malta’s Call Cen­tre on +356 2166 2211 from Malta, 0207 660 0543 from the UK and 199 259 103 from Italy. Call charges may ap­ply.

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