Air Malta was set up by a Resolution of Malta's House of Representatives on 21st March 1973 and was registered as a limited liability company on 30th March 1973. The previous day, the Prime Minister as Minister for Civil Aviation had granted the company an Air Service Licence valid for ten years with effect from 1st April 1973. The licence was granted subject to the condition that the substantial ownership and effective control of the airline would, at all times, be held and exercised by the Government of Malta and/or by citizens of Malta and/or by companies incorporated under the laws of Malta and controlled by citizens of Malta.
In the words of its charter, Air Malta's primary aim is to establish, maintain, develop and operate air transport services to and from Malta which, by the carriage of passengers, freight and mail, serve the national interest. Air Malta carries out these services under the regulation of the Maltese Department of Civil Aviation that has issued Air Malta a EU-OPS 1 Air Operator’s Certificate signifying that its operations’ safety level is similar to other European airlines that are regulated under the same standard of operation.
Air Malta started flying operations with two wet-leased Boeing 720Bs from Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) on 1st April 1974 with scheduled services to London, Birmingham, Manchester, Rome, Frankfurt, Paris and Tripoli. Its schedule now serves around 35 destinations in Europe and North Africa and operates with a fleet of Airbus A320s and Airbus A319s.
These flights are operated by A319 or A320 (max 160kg per pc and 112cm height). We have 1 freighter per week ex FRA to MLA. Trucking to FRA is on day 5 and flight FRAMLA is KM942 on day 6.
Destinations ex MLA for cargo:
Benghazi (BEN), Catania (CTA), and Tripoli (TIP)