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MHRA welcomes the news announced by Ryanair, Air Baltic and Air Malta highlighting concrete initiatives that lead to improved seat capacity. Indeed, “improved seat capacity is always good news for our tourism industry but more significantly to the Maltese general economy.”

MHRA expressed its satisfaction at the news that once again, Ryanair, as of next March, will be introducing three new routes: Bergamo, Liverpool and Gothenburg. These routes will mean 12 extra flights a week that translate to 15% growth in the Airline’s capacity this year. Furthermore, added to the already established routes, Ryanair will be operating 170 weekly flights to and from Malta. It is also encouraging to note that next year the airline is estimating to bring to the Island an extra 60,000 tourists.

MHRA also welcomes the news that Air Malta, through a 25% reduction in its winter tickets has increased its sales by 5,000 seats or 69% when compared to the same period last year. MHRA also applauds the news this morning that Air Baltic will be having a regular weekly flight from Riga Capital city of Latvia which makes this the second Baltic state to be connected to Malta.

According to MHRA President Mr Tony Zahra, “All this is positive news and very encouraging for all tourism players and indeed the country, as it comes at a time when the industry is concerned about the potential negative effects on tourism as a result of the economic pressures prevailing in Europe, which represents Malta’s main source markets.

The MHRA has always maintained that a critical success factor to the sustainability of the tourism industry is increased accessibility. In fact the significant increases in tourist arrivals registered over recent years are indisputably linked to increases in seat capacity to our islands.

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