German airline Eurowings will be operating morning flights from Malta to Vienna every Tuesday and Sunday until October.
The airline is a fully-owned subsidiary of the Lufthansa Group and will replace Germanwings following a rebrand.
The move will strengthen MIA’s existent connection with the Austrian capital. As the first flight took off on Sunday morning, MIA CEO Alan Borg said that such occasions rewarded the airport’s year-long efforts to secure better connectivity for the Maltese islands.
“Working in close cooperation with the Ministry for Tourism and the Malta Tourism Authority is crucial to attracting new airlines to Malta and developing a more convenient flight schedule for our ever-increasing number of passengers,” Mr Borg said.
“Given our almost total dependence on air travel for our tourism influx, the role of Malta International Airport in the current tourism success story is pivotal,” said tourism minister Edward Zammit Lewis.
Eurowings flies to over 130 destinations across Europe, and offers flights to a number of long-haul destinations such as the Caribbean and Bangkok.