Air Malta is suspending operations, following a decision by the Maltese government to ban all commercial air travel to the country because of the coronavirus outbreak.

The Maltese ban applies to all flights scheduled for departure after 23:59 on 20 March.

Air Malta fleet

Source: Air Malta

Air Malta says it is likely to operate some flights for humanitarian, repatriation or other reasons related to the crisis. These are exempt from the restrictions.

Cirium schedules data shows that in February the flag carrier operated to 24 destinations per week from its base at Malta International, a capacity of nearly 40,000 seats. Air Malta’s most popular route was to London Heathrow with two return flights per day, representing just over 2,600 seats per week in each direction.

The carrier has seven Airbus A320neos and a trio of A320neos, Cirium fleets data indicates.