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New Malta flights from Norwegian and Volareweb

New Malta flights from Norwegian and Volareweb

Two airlines have added new services to the popular holiday destination of Malta.

Norwegian has announced two direct flights a week from its Oslo base to Malta International Airport running on Tuesdays and Saturdays.

Low-cost Italian airline Volareweb will offer three direct flights a week from Milan Malpensa Airport to Malta, with services running on Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays.

A spokesperson from Malta International Airport explained that these new flights are a result of continued negotiations between Norwegian, Volareweb and the Malta Tourism Authority.

"These airlines should further contribute towards increasing the seat capacity from Norway and Italy and therefore greater accessibility for passengers," an airport representative told the Times of Malta.

Meanwhile, Malta International Airport has recorded an increase in passenger numbers, with officials suggesting the boost has been driven by the addition of low-cost flights from easyJet and clickair and increased capacity from flagship carrier Air Malta.

Julian Jaeger, newly-appointed chief executive at the airport, told The Malta Independent that passenger numbers were up by 10.4 percent over the past 12 months, with Air Malta responsible for 55 percent of all air traffic.