In a boost for Maltese tourism, Air Malta has unveiled additional flights from the UK to the Mediterranean island as part of its summer schedule.
From 27 March there will be a double-daily service out of Gatwick from Tuesday to Sunday, taking the number of flights up to 13 per week. Manchester, meanwhile, will get an additional flight on a Wednesday from 1 June, increasing the service to six flights per week. Flights out of Heathrow remain the same.
Return fares from Gatwick and Manchester start at £99, including taxes and surcharges. Air Malta passengers enjoy full service: hot meals, complimentary drinks, in-flight entertainment and a generous baggage allowance.
And there are plenty of reasons to visit Malta this year. Coming up is the island's unique take on pre-Easter Carnival (pictured above), which this year takes place from 4-8 March. Watch the islands' towns and villages come to life in a riot of colour and indulge in the authentic cuisine served up on street stalls.
The International Fireworks Festival lights up the skies over the capital city Valetta on 29 April, synchronising pyrotechnic displays to music, while the Malta Jazz Festival takes place on 14-16 July.
That's three great reasons to Visit Malta this year. For more inspiration and events, see Visit Malta.
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