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Update on flights to Malta and our new national airline

Posted on 09 December 2023

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Regular visitors to Malta and Gozo will be aware that the national airline Air Malta has been undergoing some changes. The good news is that although the airline in its current form will cease operations on 30 March 2024, a new airline KM Malta Airlines will start flying the very next day – 31 March 2024.

This announcement has prompted us to take a look at the flight options for customers wishing to holiday on Gozo in 2024 and provide an update for our guests. And with new Malta routes launched by budget airlines Ryanair and easyjet for 2024, there are plenty of options for European travellers looking to visit Gozo this summer.


New KM Malta Airlines Service


We understand that customers wishing to fly to Malta can continue to book tickets as normal and Air Malta will honour all tickets for flights up to 30 of March 2024.

This will be useful to travellers wishing to take advantage of the amazing government-backed promotion that is currently offering 30% off on Gozo accommodation booked in the off-peak period autumn/winter 2023-2024. The promotion ends mid-March 2024 and as an accommodation provider participating in the scheme we’d love to welcome guests for an extended off-peak stay.  For more details read this.

Customers who have already booked flights with the Air Malta directly for 31 March and beyond have been fully reimbursed. Those customers who booked flights through third parties will receive refunds via their travel agents. The airline has published some FAQs to help customers who may be eligible for a refund to understand their rights.

The new flag carrier is KM Malta Airlines and from 11 December customers will be able to book flights to and from Malta on the new website and booking platform. The airline will use the same planes and the KM Malta Airlines brand. So you won’t notice any immediate big difference.

We also understand that the new airline will operate 284 weekly flights across a slimmed-down roster of 17 routes, focusing on key European destinations. There will be 82 weekly flights to Italy, 48 to France, 44 to the UK and 40 to Germany.

The new summer 2024 schedule will operate from 31 March to 26 October 2024, serving 17 airports across 15 European cities. These are: Amsterdam, Berlin, Brussels, Catania, Dusseldorf, London Gatwick, London Heathrow, Lyon, Madrid, Milan, Munich, Paris Charles de Gaulle, Paris Orly, Prague, Rome, Vienna and Zurich.

Air Malta will no longer serve Palermo, Naples, Nice, Geneva, Lisbon, and Tel Aviv but a possible new route to Copenhagen is being considered.


New Ryanair Malta Schedule


Photo: Ryanair Facebook Page

With six aircraft permanently based at Malta International Airport under its subsidiary brand Malta Air, Ryanair continues to be committed to its Maltese routes. It currently offers routes to 25 different countries from Malta International Airport into multiple European airports. Its recently announced summer schedule for 2024 offers 2.7 million seats over the summer period.


UK Ryanair flights to Malta

In other news, Ryanair recently announced two new twice-weekly routes to Malta operating out of Norwich Airport from 1 April 2024 and Belfast International from 2 April 2024.

This is in addition to flights from Birmingham, Bournemouth, East Midlands, Edinburgh, Liverpool, London (Luton and Stansted), and Manchester.

Other Ryanair European flights to Malta

Ryanair also flies from Athens, Barcelona, Bari, Billund, Bologna, Bordeaux,  Bratislava, Brussels Charleroi, Bucharest, Budapest, Cagliari, Catania, Chania, Cologne, Dublin, Eindhoven, Gdansk, Krakow, Lamezia, Lisbon, Lourdes-Pyrenees, Luxembourg, Madrid, Marseille, Memmingen, Milan (Bergamo and  Malpensa), Nantes, Naples, Nice, Paphos, Paris Beauvais, Parma, Perugia, Pescara, Pisa, Porto, Poznan, Riga, Rome (Ciampino and Fiumicino), Seville, Shannon, Sofia, Stockholm, Arlanda, Tel Aviv, Thessaloniki, Toulouse, Trapani-Marsala, Trieste, Turin, Valencia, Venice Treviso, Vienna, Vilnius, Warsaw Modlin, Wroclaw, Zagreb.


New routes to Malta


From 4 May 2024, Latvian national airline Air Baltic will be offering a new direct flight once a week to Malta from Tallinn in addition to flights from Riga and Vilnius.


easyJet already offers flights to Malta from London Gatwick and Manchester, as well as from Amsterdam, Geneva, Milan and Naples. And for 2024, they have announced a new twice-weekly route for the summer season starting on 3 April 2024 from Bristol.



Jet2 serves flights to Malta from Belfast, Birmingham, Bristol, Glasgow, London Stansted and Manchester. New for 2024 is a weekly flight to Malta from Edinburgh that will run from 1 May 2024.


Wizz Air

Flights from Cluj-Napoca, Katowice, Skopje and Warsaw to Malta.  Wizz Air will also be launching a new route from Tirana to Malta on 25 March 2024.


Other European carriers serving Malta

British Airways - It will continue to offer direct flights to Malta from London Gatwick for 2024.

Eurowings - For 2024, they will continue to offer flights to Malta from 10 European airports: Alicante, Barcelona, Dublin, Dusseldorf, Edinburgh, Hamburg, London Heathrow, Milan Malpensa, Salzburg and Vienna.

Lufthansa - Flights from Frankfurt and Munich to Malta.

Luxair - Flight from Luxembourg to Malta.

Norweigan Airlines - Flights from Copenhagen and Oslo to Malta from June 2024.

Tui - Flight from Hanover to Malta. 

Vueling - Bilbao flights to Malta year round.


Let us help you get to Gozo


Gozo Channel ferries crossing the Malta-Gozo Channel. Photo: Baron Holiday Homes

To ensure our guests have a hassle-free start to their Gozo holiday, we can organise a direct transfer from Malta International Airport to any of our Baron Holiday Homes. This service comprises one of our trusted drivers escorting you and your luggage to the ferry and then right to your Gozo apartment, villa or farmhouse. We can also arrange car hire for you and even have your car delivered to your holiday home. For further information please see our Getting to Gozo page.


The Baron Experience


Relaxing by the pool at The Almonds in Gozo. Photo credit: Baron Holiday Homes

Baron Holiday Homes offers more than 90 fantastic rental properties on Gozo including apartments, villas and farmhouses, many with private pools. Booking your holiday with us is easy and we have a flexible booking policy with a low booking deposit – you only pay the balance 15 days before arrival.

What’s more, our guests can book with confidence as we offer a grace period. Our money-back guarantee means that you have up to 24 hours to cancel a booking (at least two days prior to the arrival date) and will get a full refund with no extra fees.

We have more than 25 years’ experience of operating high quality holiday homes in Gozo and we also offer a great range of extra services and activities to make your holiday even more special.

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