Ryanair Celebrates 10 Year Anniversary In Malta

15 Nov 2016

Ryanair, Europe’s favourite airline, today (15 Nov) celebrated 10 years of low fares in Malta, where Ryanair has carried over 8 million passengers to/from the island since 2006. Ryanair recently launched its Malta Summer 2017 schedule, with 42 routes in total, including 6 new routes to Brussels, Catania, Nuremberg, Toulouse, Valencia and Vilnius, which will deliver 2.1m customers p.a. and support 1,600* “on-site” jobs at Malta International Airport. 

Ryanair’s Malta Summer 2017 schedule will deliver:

  •          4 based aircraft (1 additional)
  •          6 new summer routes: Brussels Zaventem (daily), Catania (daily), Nuremberg (2 wkly),

              Toulouse (2 wkly), Valencia (2 wkly), & Vilnius (2 wkly)

  •          More flights to Dublin & East Midlands
  •          42 routes in total
  •          Over 140 weekly flights
  •          2.1m customers p.a.
  •          1,600* “on-site” jobs p.a.

Ryanair is proud to have carried over 8 million customers to/from Malta during the past decade, and remains committed to supporting local tourism and the Maltese economy, contributing significantly to the creation of jobs and to the extension of the tourism season by turning Malta into a year-round holiday destination.

In Malta, Ryanair’s Chief Commercial Officer David O’Brien said:

“Ryanair is delighted to celebrate 10 years of successful operations here in Malta, during which we have carried over 8 million customers since our first flight in 2006, growing substantially from 2 to 42 routes now, while demonstrating our firm commitment to supporting Malta’s tourism sector and economy over the past decade.

Our enhanced Malta Summer 2017 schedule, will offer 42 routes in total, including 6 new routes to Brussels, Catania, Nuremberg, Toulouse, Valencia and Vilnius, and will deliver 2.1m customers p.a. and support 1,600* jobs at Malta Airport. We look forward to growing Maltese traffic, routes and tourism in the coming years.

To celebrate our 10 year anniversary in Malta, we are releasing seats for sale from just €19.99, which are available for booking until midnight Friday (18 Nov), for travel from April to June. Since these amazing low prices will be snapped up quickly, customers should log onto www.ryanair.com and avoid missing out.”

Malta’s Minister for Tourism, Dr Edward Zammit Lewis said:

“During the past three years, Ryanair has played an important role in the transformation of Malta’s tourism industry not only by opening new routes and growing existing ones but also by spearheading the rapid expansion of the off-peak months by introducing several new services during the winter season. As a result, our greatest measure of success lies not only with the overall record volume and value growth of our tourism but most especially with our double digit off-peak growth consolidating our position as the Mediterranean’s least seasonal destination.

Based on our active engagement with airlines, we encouraged route expansion in a way which opened up new markets and limited overlaps to a bare minimum. We expanded our route network in an organic manner, and in a way which also channelled growth in the off-peak months thanks to ever growing flights frequency from established routes.

Malta and Ryanair crossed paths at a very important juncture in our tourism development strategy and I believe that this experience was a huge learning curve for all parties concerned, ultimately ending up in the mutual understanding and respect we enjoy today and that, I am confident, can only strengthen further in the many years ahead. It is also thanks to this that we are here to celebrate such an important milestone today”.