This summer Air Malta will be increasing its seat capacity by 50% to/from Russia and is committed to float over 82,700 seats on its Russian routes to St. Petersburg, and on Moscow's Domodedovo and Sheremetyevo Airports.
This was announced by Air Malta's Chief Commercial Officer, Philip Saunders during a speech at the ITB fair held in Berlin, one of the leading European travel trade fairs. Mr Saunders highlighted that following strong demand from Russia, the airline seized the opportunity and this summer it will be operating 92 additional flights to the Russian airports. "This season we expect to generate over 7,000 more return passengers than last summer thus generating new tourism opportunities between the two countries, " said Mr Saunders.
During the peak of summer Air Malta will be operating an average of seven weekly flights to Moscow's Domodedovo with flights departing Malta every Sunday, Tuesday and Wednesday. Two daily flights will be operated every Friday and Saturday. The airline will be operating two weekly flights to Moscow's Sheremetyevo every Monday and Thursday and two weekly flights to St. Petersburg every Tuesday and Saturday and a second frequency on Saturday during the peak. Air Malta’s flights to Moscow's Sheremetyevo airport are code-shared with its Russian airline partner, Aeroflot.
The Russian market has always been very important to Air Malta. The Maltese airline had started charter operations to Moscow and St Petersburg in June 1996. Over the last 10 years the market has grown substantially and since then it generated almost 370,000 passengers.