The Malta Independent 3 August 2021, Tuesday

Air Malta cancels Manchester flights, increases Paris and Amsterdam flights

Tuesday, 15 June 2021, 17:10 Last update: about 3 months ago

Air Malta has cancelled all of its scheduled flights to Manchester after Malta was left off the United Kingdom’s green travel list again last week, but has increased flights to other major European cities.

In a statement, the airline said that flights to the capital of France – Paris – and the capital of the Netherlands – Amsterdam – are being increased in the face of strong bookings from the area.

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As from 20 July, flights to and from Paris’ Charles De Gaulle Airport will operate daily except on Wednesday, whilst as from 24 July flights to and from Amsterdam will operate daily except on Tuesday and Sunday.

From September, a further weekly service will be added, thus increasing the services to the Dutch capital to six times a week.

In view of the slow demand from the UK market since Malta remained off its green list for travellers, Air Malta said that it had taken the decision to cancel all flights to and from Manchester that were originally planned for the period between 20 July and 10 September 2021.

In July, the airline will also be cancelling 11 return flights to and from London Heathrow reducing the schedule to six times a week with a daily morning service except on Tuesdays.

Commenting on these changes, Air Malta’s Chief Commercial Officer Roy Kinnear stated, “We are closely monitoring all the developments in the market and adapting our network accordingly. Unfortunately, the continued absence of green list status in the UK and the decline in advance bookings with no obvious signs of improvement, we are left with no option but to consolidate our planned operations. The UK remains an integral part of our future network plans and Air Malta will re-consider its position if the circumstances change.”

This summer Air Malta will thus operate direct flights to/from 19 cities: Amsterdam, Berlin, Brussels, Catania, Dusseldorf, Frankfurt, Geneva, Lisbon, London Heathrow, Lyon, Munich, Milan Linate, Palermo, Paris Charles De Gaulle, Paris Orly, Prague, Rome, Vienna, and Zurich.

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