The national airline of Malta began operations in April 1974, when just a handful of cheap flights from Air Malta were flying to destinations including London, Manchester and Birmingham in the UK. Air Malta flights now cover more than 50 destinations in Europe. Its headquarters are in the small village of Luqa, in the Southeast of Malta, close to Malta International Airport, which is the airline’s main hub. A secondary hub is based at Reggio Calabria Airport in Southern Italy.
In addition to the scheduled Air Malta flights, the airline also operates a number of weekly charter flights between Malta International Airport and regional airports in the UK. During the summer months, cheap flights from Air Malta are available from Exeter, Newcastle, Norwich, Bristol and Cardiff. Air Malta currently has a fleet of 12 aircraft, which includes 7 Airbus A320s and 5 Airbus A319s.
The online check-in facility is available from 24 hours up to two hours before the flight. Check-in and bag drop at the airport close 30 minutes before departure for all Air Malta flights.
Club Class passengers on Air Malta flights are entitled to 30kg of free baggage allowance. Economy passengers may take up to 20kg. Infants are allowed 10kg. The hand luggage restrictions permit one bag per passenger, with a maximum weight of 8kg and dimensions no greater than 18 x 45 x 50cm.
The seat pitch on all Air Malta flights is a standard 30-32 inches for both Economy and Business Class passengers.
Frequent Flyer Programme
Air Malta has code-share agreements with several airlines, including Star Alliance members such as Lufthansa and bmi, however the frequent flyer programme, Flypass, is only applicable to Air Malta flights.
In July 2010 Air Malta celebrated 20 years of operations at Exeter Airport. Cheap flights from Air Malta make the weekly three hour journey to Malta International Airport each Tuesday, throughout the year. Air Malta information revealed that an average of 7,000 British holidaymakers use the Exeter to Malta service per annum.