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KM Malta Airlines is the flag carrier of Malta. It commenced operations at the end of March 2024. This new Maltese airline is currently using Malta International Airport as its hub. KM Malta Airlines was established to replace the former flag carrier, Air Malta, which has encountered financial difficulties over recent years and is no longer operating.

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 has retained Air Malta's former fleet of 8 x Airbus A320 aircraft. It currently flies to over 15 destinations.

Baggage Policy

Carry-on Baggage

With KM Malta Airlines, passengers can bring a small bag and hand luggage. The small bag needs to fit in the dimensions of 40 x 34 x 18cm and the hand luggage must not be larger than 55 x 40 x 25cm or weigh more than 10kg.

Economy Basic passengers are allowed to bring 1 x small bag that needs to be stowed under the seat in front. Hand luggage is not included in this fare.

Economy Value passengers can bring 1 x small bag but no hand luggage.

Economy Plus and Flex passengers are permitted 1 x small bag and 1 x hand luggage.

Business Basic, Value and Plus passengers are allowed 1 x small bag and 1 x hand luggage.

Business Flex passengers can bring 1 x small bag and 2 pieces of hand luggage each weighing no more than 8kg.

Checked Baggage

Your checked bag with KM Malta Airlines must not weigh more than 32kg or exceed the maximum linear dimension of 158 cm.

Economy Basic and Business Basic passengers are not allowed any checked baggage.

Economy Value passengers can bring 1 x checked baggage weighing no more than 10kg.

Economy Plus, Economy Flex and Business Value passengers can bring 1 x checked baggage with a maximum weight of 20kg.

Business Plus passengers can bring 1 checked bag weighing no more than 32kg.

Business Flex passengers can bring 2 pieces of checked baggage, each weighing up to 32kg.

Cabin Classes

KM Malta Airlines offers 2 cabin classes - Economy and Business.

Economy Class

In KM Malta's economy class, passengers can experience world-class service from the comfort of their seats.

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 KM Malta's 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 offers online and airport check-in.

Online Check-In

You can check in online for your KM Malta Airlines flight 24 hours before departure. Online check-in is available on KM Malta Airlines' official website.

It's available for flights departing from the following cities: Amsterdam, Brussels, Catania, Dusseldorf, London Gatwick, London Heathrow, Lyon, Madrid, Malta, Milan Linate, Munich, Paris Charles de Gaulle, Paris Orly, Prague, Rome Fiumicino, Vienna and Zurich.

If you have checked baggage, you can still check-in online and then head to the Bag Drop aisle in the airport.

Airport Check-In

KM Malta check-in counters are available at the airport. Airport check-in will be open 2 hours before departure and will close 45 minutes before takeoff. At Malta Airport, check-in usually opens 3 hours before departure.

We recommend arriving at the airport at least 2-3 hours before your flight is scheduled to depart to allow yourself enough time to check in.

In-flight Entertainment

KM Malta Airlines operates a fleet of Airbus A320s and A320neos, therefore, 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.

Food & Drink

All of KM Malta Airlines' meals are available to purchase from their Buy on Board menu.

Economy Class Meals

KM Malta Airlines offers in-flight catering to Economy passengers depending on the route. The options available include main meals, meal deals, snacks, and hot and cold drinks. Cocktails are also available to purchase on your flight.

Business Class Meals

If you're flying in Business Class with KM Malta Airlines, you can enjoy a complimentary selection of drinks ranging from locally crafted wines to soothing cocktails, as well as soft drinks and juices. You can also enjoy Maltese cuisine that can be pre-ordered or bought from the Buy on Board menu.

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Destinations that KM Malta Airlines flies to

KM Malta Airlines currently operates 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.


KM Malta Airlines currently operates aircraft that were inherited from Air Malta, the former flag carrier of Malta:

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

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


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.

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