45 years ago, Malta’s national flag carrier, Air Malta, operated its first flight to Switzerland. The flight, KM121, operated with a Boeing 707, took off from the then Luqa Airport with destination Zurich on 3rd of April 1977.

Zurich is the largest city in Switzerland and counts itself among the world’s principal financial centres. It is also renowned for being one of the richest and cleanest cities in the world.

After London, it is regarded as the most important financial centre in Europe. Indeed, it is home to a large proportion of banks and financial institutions.

Inaugural Air Malta flight KM121 to Zurich on the 3rd April 1977

To celebrate this milestone, Air Malta with the collaboration of Zurich Airport, Discover the World, Air Malta’s representatives in Switzerland and the Malta Tourism Authority, organised an anniversary event at the viewing terrace with the participation of the Honorary Consul to Malta, Vincent de Vilmorin, various Swiss tour operators, travel agents and travel journalists.

Speaking at the event Pauline Coleiro, Air Malta’s regional market manager said: “Over the years the route has grown substantially and since 1977 over one million passengers travelled on the route. Since then, Zurich has become a staple in Air Malta’s route network throughout the year and today the airline operates a daily service with an Airbus A320 aircraft.”

Air Malta flights between Malta and Zurich are code-shared with Swiss thus offering customers more travel options and seamless connectivity at Zurich to/from Swiss’ worldwide network to over 100 destinations.



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