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Air Malta (KM)

Starting in the 1970's with only a few European destinations, Air Malta has expanded tremendously. As Malta's national airline, Air Malta now operates a fleet to over 50 destinations from Europe to North Africa and the Eastern Mediterranean. Air Malta remains the airline with the most services to and from Malta.

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  • IATA code: KM
  • Number of serviced cities: 36 destinations
  • Main hub: Malta International Airport (MLA)
  • Fleet: 12 aircraft

History of Air Malta

The forming of Air Malta was the result of needed air traffic to and from Malta after the Second World War. At the time there were a few different airlines operating similar services in Malta. In the 1950s a few of these airlines eventually combined their services together in an agreement. Eventually an international airline partnership was formed with PIA from Pakistan and Air Malta’s first flight took off on the first of April in 1974. At this time the government amalgamated all of the smaller airlines operating Malta flights into one international airline under one company name, Air Mala Co.

The first destinations were Rome, Manchester, London, Frankfurt, Paris and Tripoli. Air Malta operated with a fleet of Boeing aircraft in the 1980s until is received its first Airbus in 1987. In the 1990s routes to Catania and Palermo were added to the airlines expanding network. Malta opened its international airport in 1992, making a home base for the country’s international airline. In 2002 the airline began rejuvenating its fleet, slowly retiring its older aircraft. Air Malta is known as the airline that loses the least amount of luggage with an average of 4 bags per 1000 passengers! Today Air Malta enjoys a code share agreement with Qantas connecting Australia with Malta.

Travel with Air Malta: practical information

  • Onboard Services

    • Meals: There are meals served on all flights as well as complimentary beverages. To reserve a special meal, do so at the time of booking.
    • Entertainment: There is an in-flight magazine Sky Life that is available to every passenger. As well there are feature films screened on flights from London, Manchester, Brussels and Frankfurt and a range of other shorter programs on other flights.
  • Baggage Allowances

    • Cabin: 1 piece weighing no more than 8 kg and with maximum dimensions of 50 x 45 x 18 cm is allowed.
    • Checked: 20 kg of free baggage allowance is permitted per passenger.
    • Excess: It is possible to buy discounted excess baggage online up to 24 hours before the flight time. Otherwise all excess baggage will be charged upon check-in at the airport.

Discounts and Special Offers

Refer to the flight section on to find all of Air Malta’s latest special offers and discounts.


Telephone: 20 8788 5164

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