The number of people heading to Malta is increasing rapidly as the Malta Tourism Authority announced the highest number of UK visitors in over 13 years. British tourists to the country hit 487,000 for the first time since 1994 last year, an increase of 12.9 per cent on 2006.
British Airways (BA) has confirmed it will continue to run a daily service from Malta to London Gatwick, while the route will be run by BA rather than its franchisee GB Airways. From March 30th 2008, the flights are also set to be serviced by Boeing 737s.
Meanwhile, Air Malta has announced its new summer 2008 schedule with increased flights from Manchester Airport to Malta; the airline is raising the number of flights to eight a week, with an extra flight on Fridays.
New statistics from Malta Airport have suggested that Ryanair delivered some 70 per cent of the island’s air passenger growth in 2007. The airline carried some 222,000 passengers over eight routes last year.