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10.10.20 A.320-232 Qatar A7-ATH Aircraft returned to stand prior to take-off due to a technical fault. Departure delayed by approximately 100 minutes. C/n 5078. c/s QR381/2.
31.01.20 A.320 Wizz Air HA-LPU c/s W61163, late evening arrival. Departed early afternoon on 01.02.20, reasons for the delay unknown.
01.02.20 Tecnam P2002JF European Pilot Academy 9H-PIC Nose-wheel collapse on r/w 23. No injuries.
09.02.20   Air Malta   Four flights, KM100/1 KM116/1, KM102/3 and KM118/9, are cancelled due to storm “Ciara”.
09.02.20 A.320-214 easyJet G-EZWH c/n 5542. Departure delayed until late afternoon of the 10th.
11.02.20 B.737-8AS Ryanair EI-DAF FR8853 Divert to Marseille on a Stansted-Malta. Aircraft returned to London the following day.
25.02.20       Italy ATC strike forced Air Malta to cancel its flights to Italy.


As with other countries, the virus known as Covid-19 hit Malta, forcing the closure of the airport.

09.03.20. All flights from/to Bergamo and Treviso and Milan are cancelled. Later changed to include all flights from/to Italian airports.

10.03.20. Turkish A/Ls cancels its flight to Malta.

11.03.20. Flights from Spain, France, Germany and Switzerland are all cancelled under further notice.

13.03.20. As of 13:30 local time, the Malta Health Authorities suspend all flights from/to China (including Hong Kong), France, Germany, Iran, Italy, Japan, Singapore, South Korea, Spain and Switzerland. Cargo, maintenance, humanitarian and any other flights allowed to seek special dispensation to operate to/from Malta.

14.03.20. Malta School of Flying cancels its ground and flight instruction until the 20th.

17.03.20. Emirates cancels all flights until 30.04.20.

20.03.20. All passenger flights inbound to Malta suspended after 23.59hrs

24.03.20. Ryanair stops operations from Malta (including by its subsidiary Malta Air).

14.04.20. Med-Avia announces closure of its flight operations, letting go of its pilots. But the maintenance section of the company will continue to operate.

MIA reopens for flights in July.

EasyJet cancels flights to Malta until 15.08.20-15.09.20.


Repatriation flights

Below are some of the repatriation flights performed in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic.

All such flights came to an end on 06.08.20.

14.03.20 Saab 340 SP-MRB Repatriation of Polish Nationals.
14.03.20 A320-214 Sundair D-ASEE  
15.03.20 B.737-8 LOT SP-LWE Repatriation flight no. 8503.
16.03.020 B737-86N LOT SP-LWF  
18.03.20 A.320-214 Air Malta 9H-AEI c/n 2189. Flight to Amman, Jordan as KM7826/7.
10.05.20 Embraer 170 Jasmin Airways TS-IJB
10.05.20 A.320-214 Bulgaria Air LZ-FBE c/n 3780.
11.05.20 A.318-111 Tarom YR-ASC c/n 3220.
12.05.20 A.320-251N Air Malta 9H-NEC c/n 9049. Repatriation flight to Sofia and Athens.



18.03.20 B.757-236 Jet2 G-LSAA c/n 24122. Aircraft suffers technical fault. Departed later at night at 22:00. B.757-21B, G-LSAH, brought over as replacement.
03.06.20 Beechcraft 350 DEA Aviation 2-WKTJ c/s Eagle 1, diverted for refuelling.
27.07.20 B. 737-8AS Malta Air 9H-QCQ Aircraft was on flight FR8280 to Luxembourg. Diverted to Bergamo for unknown an reason. Flight was continued by EI-EBH.
21.08.20 A.330-941 Hi-Fly CS-TKY c/n 1929. Diverted for re-fuelling.
06.09.20 B.737-9F2(ER) Turkish A/Ls TC-JYH c/n 40984. c/s TK4931, diverted due to a medical emergency. Departed after an hour.
14.09.20 B. 737-8AS Malta Air 9H-QAM Diverted to Catania due to weather over Malta. c/n 44794.
09.10.20 P. Aztec E.F.A. 9H-AEB Ended up on the grass area after landing due to tyre problems.
12.10.20 Bo. Challenger 605 Vista Jet 9H-VFJ Diverted to Malta for unknown reasons. c/n 5987.
22.10.20 Saab 340F Fleet Air Int'l HA-TAG Diverted from Tunis-Carthage at approx.. 04:00 for unknown reasons. c/n 78, pi N407BH, OK-CCK & SE-LSR
27.03.21 Fly Synthesis Storch S Island Microlight Club Malta 9H-UMS Aircraft suffered a nose wheel collapse, but no injuries.
02.04.21 B.737-8AS Rynair 9H-QCJ c/n 62690. In Rynair colours, but operated by Malta Air. Aircraft was being towed when it inexplicably became separated from the towing truck, and continued forward, rolling into parked fuel bowsers. Serious damage to port engine, as well as forward fuselage. No injuries, but airport was closed for a few hours as a result. A Lufthansa CRJ-9, D-ACNE, c/s DLH5HU, diverted to Catania. A Tunisiar ATR 72, TS-LBG, retuned to Tunis. Both aircraft returned to Malta later. Performed engine runs on the 27th.
30.04.21 A.320-214 A.M. 9H-AEP Aircraft was on flight AMC490 to Zurich. Captain returned to Malta after passing Palermo, Sicily. Service was then conducted by A.320-251N, 9H-NEB.
28.05.21 A.320-251N Air Malta 9H-NEC Aborted take-off on flight KM612. The flight was performed by 9H-NED.
01.07.21 A.320-214 Air Malta 9H-AHS Returned to airport for unknown reasons when preforming flight KM466.
15.07.21 A.320-232 Wizz HA-LPK Technical problems due to a lightning strike. Departed on the 16th.
19.07.21 B.737-36e(BDSF) Bluebird Cargo TF-BBG Arrived from Marseille, but encountered technical problems prior to start up. Towed to Apron 2 on the 21th, departing Malta on the 22nd as BBD502. c/n 25263.
02.09.21 A.320-214 LATAM A/Ls PR-TQB c/n 4827. c/s TAM9541. Landed shortly after midnight, but without the necessary permits not having been issued from the country of departure, the crew were delayed in departing from Malta until the 8th.
04.09.21 A.321 Wizz HA-LVP Diverted to Malta on a Rome Fiumicino to Catania flight due to bad weather over Sicily. First visit by this particular aircraft.
11.09.21 A.320 Wizz HA-LWP Diverted to Malta on a Sofia-Catania flight.
19.09.21 A.321-251N easyJet G-UZLG c/n 9105. Aircraft arrived on commercial flight EZY2308. The crew encountered a technical problem on taxing out for take-off, forcing their return back to the stand. A.321-251N G-UZHO, c/s EZY9002, c/n 8411, was sent over to pick the passengers.

Replacement parts were brought over on the 20th, by Beech 200 Super King Air G-MEGN, of Dragonfly Executive, c/s CBM88, c/n BB-1518.

Both G-UZLG and G-MEGN departed on the 21st.
14.10.21 LJ45   TC-RSB Arrived from Istanbul and departed for Casablanca as RHH433. Forced to return to Malta just short of the Malta/Tunisian FIR due to unknown technical problems. Departed in the morning of the following day.
01.11.21 P. PA-34 Seneca II E.F.A. 9H-AEB Pilot reported problems with the starboard main undercarriage, which refused to lower. This led to an emergency landing, the aircraft coming to rest on the grass area adjacent to the runway. No injuries.
10.11.21 B.737-4Y0(BDSF) Bluebird Nordic TF-BBH c/n 23865. Aircraft experienced flap problems. Departed in the evening of the 11th.
22.11.21 A.320-214 A.M. 9H-NEB Crew diverted into Zurich (for unknown reasons) on a flight from Frankfurt. Landed in Malta shortly after midnight on the 23rd.
28.11.21 A.300B4-6SSR(F) MNG Airlines TC-MCG c/n 739. Aircraft diverted to Malta on an Istanbul – Misrata flight. Departed after a few hours.
29.11.21 B.737-8AS Ryanair 9H-QAJ Aircraft was on flight FR1722 (Naples-Luqa), but was forced to divert to Catania due to weather over Malta. Returned to Malta later in the evening
14.12.21 Tecnam P2002JF European Pilot Academy 9H-PIC Pilot was cleared to backtrack and line up on runway 31. It would appear that during the 180 turn on the runway, the aircraft hit the right wing-tip and with subsequent damage to the main landing gear.
08.01.22 A.330-343 Turkish A/Ls TC-LOD c/n 1554. Aircraft was on flight THY47M. from Nigeria to Istanbul. Forced to divert to Malta at 03:14 due to a medical emergency. Departed at 06:25.
25.01.22 B.737-490(SF) ASL A/Ls OE-IBI c/n 28892. Aircraft was on a daily freight flight. Suffered from technical issues, rendering it unserviceable. Another company aircraft, B.737-83N(BCF), OE-IMC, c/n 32580, arrived in the evening to continue the service.
10.02.22 Tecnam P92 Echo JS European Pilot Academy 9H-LQA c/n 079, previously S5-DIF. Aircraft suffered a nose-wheel collapse on the runway, causing the closure of the airport.

A.320-251N 9H-NEB (c/n 8940) diverted to Catania, whilst Ryanair B.737-8AS 9H-QCY (c/n 44747), and Aegean A.319-132 SX-DGF (c/n 2468) initiated diversion, but returned to Malta.
26.02.22 Nextant 400XT Time Air OK-DJB c/n RK376, c/s TIE214B. Aircraft arrived from London’s Biggin Hill airfield with pressurisation problems.
27.02.22       Following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, the government closes Maltese air space to Russian aircraft.
05.03.22 A.321-271NX Wizz Air HA-LZG c/n 10753. Aircraft developed fuel leak prior to departure. Passenger picked up by HA-LZB early afternoon same day. HZ-LZG departed on the 7th.
10.03.22 Air Tractor AT-802   N6009X c/n 802-4008. Arrived from Heraklion for what presumably a night stop. Delayed until the 14th due to bad weather at Jersey. Also carried RJ2551 on the fin.
24.03.22 A.320-251N Air Malta 9H-NEO c/n 7875. Aircraft was on a flight to Munich, but forced to turn back for unknown reasons.
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