Air Malta and Ryanair will be collaborating on sales and commercial initiatives, including selling Air Malta tickets on the Ryanair portal.
Tourism Minister Konrad Mizzi and Ryanair’s chief commercial officer David O’Brien addressed a press conference together on Sunday morning, where they discussed possible avenues of cooperation. Mr Mizzi said the airline would continue to invest in Malta and spoke about possibly introducing connecting flights between the two airlines, saying that Ryanair's cooperation was "very good news for Malta."
Mr O'Brien added there was also very little overlap in the two airlines' passenger demographics and destination cross-section. "I think Air Malta has taken the right decision to open new markets that are uniquely open to them, like Tunisia," he said. "We think it can only benefit Air Malta to have access to a portal that is visited 45 million times a month."
He said the airline had once again been confirmed as Europe's - and Malta's - largest airline, and will be flying 2.5 million passengers to Malta next year.
Ryanair will be adding a fifth based aircraft to help cover the 12 new routes the company will be servicing from Malta as of 2018. The new routes are Aberdeen, Belfast, Seville, Pescara, Bratislava, Gothenburg, Paris Beauvais, Porto, Tallin and extended services to Barcelona, Naples and Riga. Services to Naples and Riga are being introduced from this winter. The service to Barcelona will fly to the city's main airport.