Updated: 20 Air Malta pilots sick, 2 flights cancelled, 2,018 passengers affected
Air Malta cancelled two scheduled flights to and from Benghazi, Milan and Newcastle this morning as 18 pilots reported sick. Flights to and from Tel Aviv, Paris-Orly, Cardiff, Budapest, Frankfurt, Vienna and Catania were seriously delayed.
So far over 2,018 passengers have been affected and it is likely that more flights will be delayed and more may be cancelled. The airline will do its utmost to provide transportation to passengers on alternative flights or on other airlines.
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.
Air Malta will monitor the situation and update its passengers scheduled to depart on affected flights through its website www.airmalta.com, Facebook and twitter accounts.
For all delayed flights Air Malta asks its passengers to please follow original check-in times.