Air Malta and Qatar Airways Sign Comprehensive Codeshare Partnership

Date: Wednesday, 26th February 2020
Ref: 008-2020 (Malta)

Air Malta and Qatar Airways 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


Air Malta and Qatar Airways are pleased to announce that they signed a comprehensive codeshare agreement. The Agreement reinforces Air Malta’s drive to expand its network and extend its reach. It also shows Qatar Airways’ long-term commitment to Maltese passengers and to boosting tourism to the Islands. Sales will start from today with the first codeshare flights to operate from 9 March.

The codeshare agreement increases Malta’s connectivity with Africa, the Middle East, Australia and Asia by enabling Air Malta’s passengers to travel on Qatar Airways’ flights between Malta, Doha and onward to more than 60 destinations. Air Malta will place its code and flight numbers on several of these Qatar flights thereby allowing the Maltese Airline to participate in these markets not only to and from Malta but also connecting to and from other destinations that it serves.

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, 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.”

Malta’s Minister for Economy, Investment and Small Businesses responsible for Air Malta Silvio Schembri welcomed the code-sharing agreement between Air Malta and Qatar Airways. “This agreement pushes forward Air Malta to set presence in the eastern market. This is an important step in Air Malta’s stance to continue enhancing its connectivity both on an international level. In fact through this agreement Air Malta will be able to offer flights to Australia through just one stop in Doha. I look forward to seeing this partnership grow in the benefit of both airlines involved as well as means to better the customers experience when using our national airline. This is yet another initiative complimenting Air Malta’s strategy to generate new streams of revenue,” said Minister Schembri.

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

About Qatar Airways

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 160 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.

About Air Malta

Air Malta is the national carrier of Malta, serving 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.

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