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KM Malta Airlines is the upcoming flag carrier of Malta that is scheduled to commence operations in March 2024. The new Maltese airline will be use Malta International Airport as its hub. The establishment of KM Malta Airlines is intended to replace the existing flag carrier, Air Malta, which has encountered financial difficulties over recent years and is set to be dissolved.

In August 2022, the Maltese government considered dissolving Air Malta if the European Union didn't provide additional financial state aid. The decision on the airline's future was then delayed until the end of 2022. By October 2022, Air Malta carried out extensive cuts to its route network and frequencies, including the termination of several destinations.

In April 2023, the EU declined a €290 million state aid injection for Air Malta which ultimately led to the government announcing the closure of Air Malta in March 2024. KM Malta Airlines will retain Air Malta's current fleet of 8 x Airbus A320 aircraft. The new airline will fly to over 15 destinations. Bookings for KM Malta Airlines will begin in December 2023.

KM Malta Airlines will likely be renting Air Malta's branding and continue to operate its aircraft under the Air Malta brand with the Maltese Cross livery.

Baggage Policy

KM Malta Airlines will likely adopt Air Malta's baggage allowance rules.

Please note that KM Malta Airlines hasn't launched yet. For more accurate information, please return to this page once the airline has launched.

Carry-on Baggage

Passengers flying in Economy and Business class will be permitted to bring 1 piece of cabin baggage weighing no more than 10kg.

Checked Baggage

Economy Class passengers will be allowed 1 piece of checked baggage weighing no more than 23kg.

Business Class passengers will be permitted up to 2 pieces of checked baggage, each weighing no more than 32kg.

Cabin Classes

KM Malta Airlines will have two cabin classes - Economy and Business.

Please note that KM Malta Airlines hasn't launched yet. For more accurate information, please return to this page once the airline has launched.

Economy Class

In economy class, passengers can experience a world-class service from the comfort of their seat.

Economy Class Facilities

Economy class includes hand baggage in the ticket fare, with the ability to purchase additional checked luggage if not detailed as free on their ticket or boarding pass. Passengers also have the ability to check-in online for their flights. There is also the ability to select a seat, for a small fee, in economy class.

Economy Class Seats

Passengers will have a 30 inch seat pitch on board their flights, with comfortable chairs to be able to sit back and enjoy the flight in.

Business Class

Business Class offers its passengers the finest experience in the skies. With a smooth and easy airport experience, which transverses into a comfortable and relaxing journey on the plane, passengers will have their stress minimised and comfort maximised in Air Malta business class.

Business Class Facilities

Passengers can enjoy priority check-in for business class along with priority boarding. At the airport, passengers can also enjoy the airport lounge for business class passengers, at select airports. Passengers also get free hand and checked baggage on this class of fare.

What are the Business Class Seats Like?

Customers in business class will enjoy a roomier flight experience, with seat pitches of 34 inches. In business class, the middle seat is always left free, meaning that you have more room to make yourself comfortable without the possibility of strangers next to you. You will also be able to choose your preferred seat in business class.

Check-In Information

KM Malta Airlines may adopt the same check-in rules as Air Malta once it launches.

Please note that KM Malta Airlines hasn't launched yet. For more accurate information, please return to this page once the airline has launched.

Online Check-In

KM Malta Airlines may offer online check-in for its flights. If it does offer online check-in once it iaunches, check-in may open 24 hours before departure and close 3 hours before takeoff.

Airport Check-In

If online check-in is not available, you will need to check-in at the airport. KM Malta Airlines will have its own airport check-in counters. We recommend arriving at the airport at least 3 hours before your flight is scheduled to depart to allow enough time to check-in.

In-flight Entertainment

Since KM Malta Airlines aims to use a fleet of Airbus A320s and A320neos, it is unlikely that in-flight entertainment will be provided. We recommend bringing your own forms of entertainment on board with you such as a book to read or your favourite TV shows/movies downloaded onto your personal devices.

Please note that KM Malta Airlines hasn't launched yet. For more accurate information, please return to this page once the airline has launched.

Food & Drink

KM Malta Airlines aims to operate short to medium-haul flights within Europe - this means a hot-meal service may not be provided onboard, but you'll still be able to purchase snacks and beverages from the airline's in-flight menu, or even be offered a complimentary snack/beverage during your flight.

Please note that KM Malta Airlines hasn't launched yet. For more accurate information, please return to this page once the airline has launched.

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Destinations that KM Malta Airlines flies to

KM Malta Airlines will operate flights to over 15 destinations across Europe including Austria, Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, the UK and more.

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Hub Airport

Malta International Airport

Malta International Airport is the only airport in Malta and it serves the Maltese Islands. It is the main hub for KM Malta Airlines and is also a focus city for Ryanair. The airport has two runways and can handle 5 million passengers every year. Other airlines which fly to and from Malta International Airport include Aegean Airlines, Aliblue, Air Berlin, Air Serbia, Malta Air, Emirates, Brussels Airlines, Lauda Europe, Finnair, Lufthansa, Turkish Airlines, Vueling and many others.

Fleet

KM Malta Airlines hasn't begun operations yet however when it launches, it will use the following aircraft in its fleet:

  • 2 x Airbus A320-200
  • 6 x Airbus A320neo

Both types of aircraft will have a two-class cabin configuration - 12 seats for business-class passengers and 150-160 seats for economy-class passengers.

News

30th November 2023

KM Malta Airlines: Charting a New Course as Air Malta's Successor

Malta's forthcoming national carrier, KM Malta Airlines, has received official approval for an Air Operator Certificate and Licence from the Maltest Civil Aviation Directorate. Set to replace Air Malta in March 2024, the new airline aims to strengthen connectivity between Malta and destinations across Europe.

Despite the discontinuation of Air Malta after 50 years due to mismanagement and the European Commission's rejection of a €290 million aid package, KM Malta Airlines plans to retain the Air Malta branding. The new airline has revealed its Summer 2024 Schedule, featuring just over 8500 flights across 17 airports and 15 cities, with a focus on key European destinations.

The operational plan includes over 280 weekly flights and the recruitment of approximately 375 employees. KM Malta Airlines will operate a modern fleet of 8 x Airbus A320neos, prioritising environment performance and passenger comfort. The airline's strategic vision involves contributing to Malta's economic development and establishing itself as a sustainable and successful carrier.

Frequently asked questions

Can I pay for KM Malta Airlines flights in instalments?

Yes! Once the airline launches and we begin ticketing its flights, you'll be able to book your KM Malta Airlines flights and pay later using one of our flexible Buy Now Pay Later payment methods at checkout. We offer plans from Afterpay, Clearpay, Klarna, Affirm, Laybuy and many more, so you can have the freedom to spread the cost of your KM Malta Airlines flights over time and travel stress-free!