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Sep
11
2018

New routes to Malta make it more accessible than Heathrow

A boat in the harbor in Malta

Budget travel airline, Ryanair, has recently announced its flight schedule for summer 2019 with a variety of new routes on offer. However, one holiday destination has had the spotlight shone on it making Malta the perfect place to visit when looking for your next cheap singles holiday to the Mediterranean.

The Mediterranean island of Malta is set to have an additional four connections made, with Ryanair’s chief commercial officer, David O’Brien, stating that “This is quite something – when you consider that with these new additions, Malta will have more European connections than Heathrow.”

The island currently has five aircrafts frequently transporting tourists. However, the higher number of flights means that the introduction of another plane will take place, bringing in €100 million in investment.

The launch of these routes has been praised by the CEO of Malta International Airport, Alan Borg: “Ryanair’s significant investment in a fifth base aircraft to be able to operate a summer schedule featuring 54 routes is a clear vote of confidence in both Malta International Airport and the Maltese islands as a tourist destination. What is all the more significant is the fact that the airline has already announced that it will be extending most of its new routes into the winter period.”

Over the course of the last year, Ryanair noted that over 3 million people had flown to the island to soak up some sun, and the extra routes aim to increase this number by 15%. With 61 routes now operating from the top holiday location, more people can experience the beauty that is on offer here.

The move comes as part of the airline’s summer 2019 programme and works in conjunction with the Malta Tourism Authority (MTA). Their Executive Chairman, Gavin Gulia, believes the move “complements the MTA’s strategy of connecting Malta to as many destinations as possible”.

The new routes will connect Cardiff, Exeter, Cork, Luxembourg, Lamezia, Nantes, Oslo, Torp Perugia and Thessaloniki to the island, destinations which have previously been slightly more difficult to reach. Not only does this increase the accessibility of travelling for passengers, but it also opens up an opportunity to travel. As a result, it is expected that 120,000 more people will fly between the destinations annually.