Malta has been a presence on our holiday map for as long as any of us can remember: a place as comfortable and familiar as the cup of tea and round of cucumber sandwiches which you imagine you can still enjoy in the island’s tea shops.
The problem for Malta has been that while most of us think we know what the island is like as a holiday place, we don’t really know it all.
Over the past 20 years, Malta has undergone a huge change in style and service: it is now a place for boutique hotels and buzzing nightclubs – where you’re more likely to get a snazzy cocktail than a cucumber sarnie.
Malta’s elevation back into the premier league of Mediterranean destinations is confirmed this year by British Airways’ decision to recommence scheduled flights to the island. The airline started operations to Malta in 1947, stopped in March 1989, then returned, then halted flights again in 2009.
But now, to a chorus of joy from the island’s tourist industry, BA has announced it will return to Malta, offering a daily flight to and from Gatwick from March 30, with tickets from £55 one-way.
Malta’s Tourism Minister Karmenu Vella welcomed the announcement, saying: ‘This will further strengthen our links with London and beyond and will be a big help to the leisure and conference sectors.’
Low-fare airlines such as easyJet and Ryanair are already well established on the UK-Malta route.
Author: Cat Massey