The low-cost Irish airline Ryanair recently announced that Malta will be connected to 10 new airports in Europe by next summer. These airports include Lamezia and Perugia in Italy, Nantes in France, Cardiff and Exeter airports in the UK, Thessaloniki in Greece, Maastricht in the Netherlands, Oslo Torp in Norway, Cork in Ireland, and Luxembourg.
This is also the first time that Ryanair will be flying airplanes from Malta to Norway and Luxembourg. David O’Brien, the director of Ryanair was quoted as saying by MaltaToday that now Malta will have more European connections as compared to Heathrow airport in London.
Commending Ryanair for its expansion plans, Tourism Minister Konrad Mizzi took to Twitter and said: “Ryanair will be investing a further €100M to base another aircraft in Malta, its 6th aircraft to date and expands its network by 10 new routes. This announcement demonstrates Ryanair’s continued commitment to Malta.”
Executive chairman of the Malta Tourism Authority Gavin Gulia also lauded the move and stated that this would mean Malta will be connected with cities in Europe with which it was previously not connected directly.
The announcement by Ryanair means that the company will now be operating on a total of 61 routes from Malta and will also be adding a new aircraft to its fleet taking the total number to six. Increased number of routes by Ryanair also means that the passengers will be able to travel to these locations at an affordable cost.
Maltese government and Tourism Minister Konrad Mizzi have been focussing on the tourism sector in Malta to increase the island nation’s revenues by attracting more and more people from across the world.