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Today, Air Malta, commenced its new scheduled service from Liverpool John Lennon Airport to the Mediterranean island of Malta.
To mark the special occasion, a host of activities took place prior to the first flight departing Liverpool. Two lucky passengers Jackie Thompson and Mike Corrie from Stockport were delighted to hear that they had triggered celebrations and in return had won themselves a bottle of bubbly to take on holiday with them. Fellow passengers onboard the inaugural flight were also presented with a certificate to show that they were onboard Air Malta’s first flight from Liverpool.
Mr Thompson commented: "We chose to fly from Liverpool because the price of the flight was much cheaper than elsewhere and it is so easy to get to John Lennon Airport now. We even used the Arriva express bus service from Manchester city centre to the Airport to save on the cost of parking."
At the departure gate passengers enjoyed an array of Maltese delicacies whilst they watched eight Maltese entertainers, wearing traditional costumes, perform a composition involving the famous Maltese Cross accompanied by music composed by a young Maltese musician, Ruben Zahra.
Neil Pakey, Managing Director at Liverpool John Lennon Airport, said: “We’re delighted with this new scheduled service to Malta and we will continue to work closely with Air Malta to ensure this route is a success. Today’s activities at LJLA gave passengers a taste of what Malta has to offer. It’s situated in a beautiful part of the Mediterranean Sea and boasts a wealth of history, culture and attractions. This new route will provide more in the way of choice for our passengers and enable them to see for themselves what Malta has to offer.”
Ray Borg, Air Malta Country Manager UK and Ireland, added: “Air Malta operates an extensive regional departure network from the UK to Malta and we are pleased to be able to offer another low cost, full service option for passengers from Liverpool and the surrounding area.”
The twice weekly service will depart Liverpool on Mondays and Fridays, providing the ideal opportunity for either a long weekend break or extended holiday. Friday flights depart Liverpool at 20.10 arriving in Malta at 00.40, whilst the return flight departs Malta at 16.45 arriving in Liverpool at 19.20. Monday flights will depart Liverpool at 10.25 arriving in Malta at 14.55, whilst the return flight will depart Malta at 07.00 to arrive in Liverpool at 09.35.
For reservations call Air Malta on 0845 607 3710 or visit www.airmalta.com.
Loganair, Scotland’s Airline, has announced plans to take up the Liverpool to Isle of Man route formerly flown by Flybe. The service will operate between Liverpool and the Isle of Man up to 19 times per week initially, with plans to increase this to three times daily from the end of March.
Explosives detection dogs from police forces across the country have been taking part in a major training exercise at Liverpool John Lennon Airport this week.