July 13, 2024

Air Malta Ceases Operations, Replaced by KM Malta Airlines

Air Malta, Malta’s longstanding national airline, bid farewell on March 30, 2024, marking the end of an era in the island nation’s aviation history. Hours later, a new chapter unfolded with the launch of KM Malta Airlines, signaling a fresh start for Malta’s flag carrier.

photo source: KM Malta Airlines

Established in 1974 and headquartered at Luqa Airport, Air Malta enjoyed decades of service as a vital link between Malta and destinations across Europe and North Africa. However, with regulatory hurdles impeding further financial support through public bailout funds, the Maltese government opted to close Air Malta to pave the way for the emergence of KM Malta Airlines.

The transition from Air Malta to KM Malta Airlines saw all seven aircraft from the former’s fleet, including one Airbus A320-200 and six A320neos, transferred to the new carrier. This strategic move allowed the government to circumvent EU regulations and chart a new course for Malta’s aviation sector.

While retaining the existing route network and utilizing Air Malta’s slot allocations, KM Malta Airlines operates with the same aircraft and personnel. Notably, the airline retains the IATA code KM but adopts the callsign “Sky Night” as part of its rebranding efforts.

In a nod to continuity, KM Malta Airlines maintains codeshare agreements with Air France, KLM, and Lufthansa, ensuring seamless connectivity for passengers. The airline’s Air Operators Certificate (AOC) was granted by Maltese regulators in December of the previous year, signaling the impending transition.

photo source: Russell Lee on Wikimedia Commons

KM Malta Airlines officially commenced operations on March 30, 2024, marking the start of its Summer 2024 schedule. Destinations include key European cities such as Amsterdam, Berlin, Brussels, Catania, Dusseldorf, London Gatwick, London Heathrow, Lyon, Madrid, Milan, Munich, Paris Charles de Gaulle, Paris Orly, Prague, Rome, Vienna, and Zurich.

As KM Malta Airlines takes flight, it heralds a new era in Maltese aviation, combining continuity with fresh momentum as it embarks on its journey to serve passengers and promote connectivity between Malta and the world.

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