Malta welcomed its first tourists since commercial flights were stopped last March, as restrictions introduced in response to the Covid-19 pandemic have been partially lifted.
A number of precautionary measures – including temperature screening – have been put in place, and journalists were given a tour of the Malta International Airport to showcase them.
The first commercial flight by Air Malta was scheduled to arrive from Fiumicino at 11:25am. The flight, which is code-shared with Alitalia, suffered delays but landed safely at 12:10pm.
Ryanair also celebrated its first flights to and from Malta, with a flight from Vienna marking the beginning of its summer 2020 schedule for Malta.
The company noted that this schedule now included over 45 routes to leisure and business destinations across Europe, and marked the occasion through a seat sale which covers travel in August and September but which must be booked by midnight Friday.
Though the resumption of flights is eagerly awaited by the tourism sector, it has also raised concerns that it could lead to a fresh uptick in Covid-19 cases.