Air Malta in ‘lifeline schedule’ mode; Stranded residents need to register

Tista' taqra bil- Malti.

Air Malta announced that it will roll out a ‘lifeline schedule’ in order to ensure outbound travel for stranded individuals and ensure connectivity while the Foreign Affairs Ministry has urged Maltese citizens and residents to register by 21 March in order to assist with their repatriation.

In a statement issued by Air Malta, the national airline said that it has set up a ‘lifeline schedule’ which is aimed at facilitating outbound travel for stranded individuals to their home countries. The lifeline schedule will also ensure essential connectivity for critical medical cases apart from medical equipment and medicines to the islands.

The new schedule operating to London, Paris, Amsterdam, Brussels, Frankfurt and Vienna will be introduced on 23 March. The schedule is subject to change according to demand.

Selected flights from the outbound only schedule will be available for individuals to book online on www.airmalta.com or through all travel agents and their systems.

Air Malta explained that all the flights will be operated on a point to point basis and will be available for customers who can prove that they are travelling back to their home country in the Schengen area and the UK either by producing a valid passport or residents’ card.

No online check in will be offered to be able to control the validity of the passengers who will be asked to present themselves two and a half hours before the flight’s departure time.

Assistance will only be provided to those who register by 21 March

Persons who have a Maltese passport and have a valid Maltese Residence Permit and who are currently stranded abroad and will not manage to return to Malta by midnight between 20 and 21 March have been urged to contact the Situation Centre at the Ministry for Foreign and European Affairs by not later than Saturday 21 March.

In a statement the Foreign Affairs Ministry reminded travellers that all passenger flights which are inbound to Malta will be suspended after 20 March at 11:59pm. The ministry said that it will try to assist those who are seeking to return to Malta from areas where scheduled flights have been or will be cancelled.

The ministry warned that only those who will manage to register by 21 March will be assisted.

Upon their return, all travellers coming to Malta will be placed under a 14-day mandatory quarantine.

In its statement the Ministry urged citizens and residents in the UK to immediately contact their travel operator or airline to make arrangements to leave as soon as possible while commercial flights are still operating. Similarly, Maltese citizens or residents in the UK have been asked to contact the High Commission in London to register for assistance by not later than 21 March 23.59hr.

The High Commission may be contacted on 0044 (0) 7836503990.

For those travelling from outside the European Union, the ministry advised that the re-routing should ideally be sought via London or Frankfurt for the time being.

Maltese citizens and residents can contact the Situation Centre on +356 2204 2200 or via email on sitcen.mfea@gov.mt.

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