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BA Returns to Malta

Here at Hotel Phoenicia we’re delighted with the news that British Airways will be offering direct daily flights to Malta from London Gatwick, commencing 30th March 2014. Sunseekers flying from Gatwick will have the option of a new summer holiday destination to Malta, with the start of a new direct flight with British Airways to Malta International Airport.

Phoenicia have a long association with BA, one of the world's biggest airline names, the BA check-in for British travelers was at one time in the current Knights Room at the hotel! In fact, the Phoenicia also served as the main sales outlet for BEA for quite some time in the 1940's and 1950's. The wheel has turned and BA return once again to the Maltese Islands after a short break.

An interesting event in the history of civil aviation in Malta took place in 1952 when a Vickers Viscount powered by four Rolls Royce Dart 504 airscrew turbines gave a demonstration flight. Before the flight His Excellency the Governor, accompanied by Lady Creasy and Miss Juliet Creasy, toured the airliner and admired the streamlined luxury of the interior. After the flight was over, the passengers who were invited to take part in the demonstration flight together with the crew of the aircraft and civil aviation personalities celebrated the occasion with a luncheon at the Hotel Phoenicia.

With BA's return fares in April 2014 starting from under £120, UK visitors now have even more choice, with various pricing and baggage options to suit both leisure and business travellers.

A generous luggage allowance of 23kg for an economy ticket with checked bag will appeal to all holidaymakers as it means various extras can be stuffed into a bulging case, along with one piece of hand baggage plus one handbag or laptop, whilst business class includes two checked bags of 23kg each, ideal for moving around company collaterals and other presentation aids.

The timings of the flights will also be popular, with late afternoon or morning departure times from London, depending on the day of travel.  Additionally, British Airways is offering free seat selection and check-in via airport, online or mobile to suit your needs.

Peter Simpson, British Airways' director Gatwick, said: "We are delighted to be launching this new route to Malta for Summer 2014 allowing us to, return to the island, which we last served in 2009. We believe the convenient timings for the services will make the route attractive to tourists as well as those visiting friends and relatives.”

The return of British Airways after a five-year break is testament to Malta’s increasing popularity and Malta's Minister of Tourism, Karmenu Vella, said the announcement of the route was,   “...a huge vote of confidence in our islands from one of the world’s leading flagship carriers.”

For fares and bookings visit www.ba.com

Besides BA, a number of other airlines have announced the introduction of new Malta routes; Austrian airline, Niki, will be operating 3 weekly flights from Vienna to Malta this summer. Wizz Air just announced that its new Budapest-Malta route which kicked off in May, will continue in the coming Winter. The East Midlands will be served by a new flight with Monarch Airlines, Istanbul with a new Turkish Airlines route, Krakow, Liverpool and Milan Bergamo with a very busy Ryanair, opening up a number of new interesting possibilities this winter to catch some Mediterranean sun in Malta.

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