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Qatar Airways and Air Malta sign comprehensive codeshare partnership

Agreement follows the launch of Qatar Airways’ direct service between Doha and Malta in June last year. Increased connectivity and travel options for customers of both airlines.

DOHA, QATAR – Qatar Airways announce it has signed a comprehensive codeshare agreement with Air Malta. The partnership reinforces Qatar Airways’ long-term commitment to Maltese passengers and to boosting tourism to the Mediterranean country. Sales will start from today with the first codeshare flights to operate from 9 March.

The codeshare agreement increases Malta’s connectivity with the Middle East, Africa, Asia and Australia, by enabling Air Malta’s passengers to travel on Qatar Airways’ flights to Doha and onwards to more than 170 destinations.

Qatar Airways’ passengers will also benefit from greater access to Malta and to Air Malta’s extensive Mediterranean network. Codeshare destinations include Cagliari, Palermo and Catania.  

Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive, His Excellency Mr. Akbar Al Baker, said: “When we launched services to Malta in June 2019, I stated this was just the beginning of our long term commitment to boosting trade and tourism between our two countries.

This agreement with Air Malta will provide significant benefits to both airlines and thousands of passengers, expanding both of our networks and setting the foundation to further enhance cooperation in other fields in the future.”

Air Malta Chief Executive Officer, Captain Cliff Chetcuti, said: “This agreement is yet another milestone for Air Malta in its growth strategy and widening of its codesharing network. It was a natural step for us after Qatar Airways launched direct scheduled services to our Islands and the successful cooperation on pilot training.

Both Air Malta and Qatar Airways share the same quality service commitment towards their customers and through this codeshare agreement we are enhancing our cooperation to the benefit of our mutual customers.”

Qatar Airways began flying to Malta on 4 June 2019 with daily flights in the summer and a four-times weekly service during winter.

A multiple award-winning airline, Qatar Airways was named ‘World’s Best Airline’ by the 2019 World Airline Awards, managed by the international air transport rating organisation Skytrax. It was also named ‘Best Airline in the Middle East’, ‘World’s Best Business Class’, and ‘Best Business Class Seat’, in recognition of its ground-breaking Business Class experience, Qsuite. It is the only airline to have been awarded the coveted “Skytrax Airline of the Year” title, which is recognised as the pinnacle of excellence in the airline industry, five times.

Qatar Airways currently operates a modern fleet of more than 250 aircraft via its hub, Hamad International Airport (HIA), to more than 170 destinations worldwide. The world’s fastest-growing airline will add a number of exciting new destinations to its growing network in 2020, including Osaka, Japan; Santorini, Greece; Dubrovnik, Croatia; Almaty and Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan; Accra, Ghana; Cebu, Philippines; Trabzon, Turkey; Lyon, France; Siem Reap, Cambodia; and Luanda, Angola.

Air Malta is the national carrier of Malta, serving over 40 destinations from its hub at Malta International Airport (MLA). The Airline started operations on 1 April 1974 with seven scheduled services across Europe and North Africa and two wet-leased aircraft. The airline now operates a fleet of 10 Airbus A320ceo and A320neo aircraft. From 52,000 passengers carried in its first year, Air Malta now carries 2 million passengers yearly, and over the course of its history transported over 55 million passengers safely to and from the Maltese Islands.

The Maltese Airline was voted amongst the ‘Best Regional Airlines in Europe’ at the 19th edition of the Skytrax World Airline Awards 2019.

Vicky Karantzavelou
Co-Founder & Chief Editor - TravelDailyNews Media Network | Website

Vicky is the co-founder of TravelDailyNews Media Network where she is the Editor-in Chief. She is also responsible for the daily operation and the financial policy. She holds a Bachelor's degree in Tourism Business Administration from the Technical University of Athens and a Master in Business Administration (MBA) from the University of Wales.

She has many years of both academic and industrial experience within the travel industry. She has written/edited numerous articles in various tourism magazines.

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