Air Malta flights disruption due to high pilot sickness levels
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(Update 3) This morning Air Malta has cancelled two scheduled flights to and from Benghazi, Milan and Newcastle. Flights to and from Tel Aviv, Paris-Orly, Cardiff, Budapest, Frankfurt, Vienna and Catania were seriously delayed.
Air Malta regrets any inconvenience caused to passengers and will do its utmost to minimise disruption. So far over 2018 passengers have been impacted. It is likely that more flights will be delayed and some may be cancelled. The airline will do its utmost to provide transportation to passengers on alternative flights or on other airlines.
Air Malta advises passengers to check the latest situation which will be updated regularly on its website at airmalta.com.
Since yesterday evening up to twenty Air Malta pilots have reported sick, resulting in major disruption to customers. This represents an extraordinary level of sickness reports amongst Air Malta’s community of 110 pilots – some nine times the normal average or 40% of the available pilot complement.
Air Malta is concerned that more pilots may call sick which could affect the airline’s flights for this morning and afternoon. The airline is scheduled to operate 30 flights today.
The chart below outlines the operational situation to date:
For all delayed flights Air Malta asks its passengers to please follow original check-in times.