based pioneering airline that first brought low cost airlines to Malta
has done well enough to start new routes to the island.
Irish based low cost airline, were the first airline to win the right
to fly to Malta from the island's main markets for tourism of Ireland
and the UK.
route launched has been running between London's Luton Airport since
November, while the Dublin route had its inaugural flight in March.
Both routes have attracted good seat occupancy levels, with tourist
numbers in Malta rising.
route will run between Bremen in Germany to Malta and will be a welcome
addition for Malta's attempt to attract more German tourists to the
three times a week, it is hoped that the first flights will begin in
new flights began last November, estimates suggested that the low cost
airline could add an extra 80,000 tourists to the island in 2007, but
this figure has been radically upgraded to double that.
slow pace of life might have contributed to the late introduction of
low cost flight to Malta deals compared to her competitors, or it
could have been politicians and the tourist authorities more interested
in protecting the island's national airline with attitudes that the
rest of Europe began to shrug off in the 80's, but whatever the reason,
now that Malta has allowed the low cost airlines, they can't get enough
of visitors to Malta is up nearly ten per cent this year, thanks mainly
to the extra arrivals being delivered by the low cost airlines. And the
extra holiday makers couldn't have come at a better time as the island
has seen steadily decreasing tourists numbers in recent years - the
ultimate factor in the decision to allow the flights in.
numbers up, tourism chiefs have seen the magic bullet that has driven
the statistics, and embraced the concept of low air fares whole
has previously received most of their visitors from the UK, the idea of
diversification has become possible as low cost airlines operate from
most European countries, and the island is already receiving flights
from Germany and Spain.
has let it be known that they will welcome applications for flights
from Scandanavia and other areas of Europe.
is now complete, from a backward looking slow to respond tourist
office, to one that sees a quick fix to Malta's previous declining
popularity as a holiday destination.
Malta's image in the UK, Germany and other countries have been reports
placing Malta at the top of tourist safety tables.
journalist last year placed the small Mediterranean island of Malta as
one of the five safest travel destinations in the world, and a new
report from the US this year confirms Malta as one of the safest
vacation spots in the world.
report bears more official weight than the previous one by a travel
writer, as it was compiled by the US State Department.
on Malta, the report praises the island for the non existence of
organised crime, especially surprising perhaps given her proximity to
mainland Italy - and closer still to Sicily.
for many who have driven in Malta is that the report considers the
island's roads to be safe. But this is backed up by official EU figures
showing Malta has the lowest road related fatalities of all their
about Malta, including a map and Malta holidays are available at YourMalta.com
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