Irish low-cost airline Ryanair on Wednesday launched its summer 2024 schedule with over 2.7 million seats for Maltese holidaymakers.

The schedule, which will start operating from the end of March 2024, features a number of popular sunny hotspots and city breaks, as well as less-well known destinations to “unearth and explore at the lowest fares in Europe”, the airline stated.

In order to celebrate the launch, Ryanair also announced that it has launched a limited-time sale with fares available from just €35.99 for trips scheduled until the end of October 2024.

The start of Ryanair’s summer schedule falls on the same period when Air Malta, Malta’s national airline, is set to shut down, with a replacement airline to start operating on 31st March 2024 following a €350 million investment. Prime Minister Robert Abela had said that Government does not want Malta to solely depend on foreign carriers, and should have a national airline that “serves the needs of our country on every level – strategically and economically”.

The new national airline is expected to carry more passengers, keep the strongest routes, and employ the same number of workers as the current Air Malta.

Earlier this year, Ryanair CEO Michael O’Leary stated that given Ryanair’s popularity across the Maltese Islands, together with the uncertainty that surrounded Air Malta at the time, Ryanair – and its Maltese subsidiary Malta Air – has become the country’s unofficial national airline.

Commenting on the launch of the summer 2024 schedule, Ryanair Country Manager for Italy and Eastern Mediterranean Mauro Bolla said the airline is pleased to announce the schedule, offering customers the choice of a “host of amazing destinations”.

“So, if you’re looking to get away this summer, you won’t be disappointed with the unbeatable selection of destinations we have on offer at the lowest fares in Europe,” he remarked.

He added that customers can visit the airline’s website to check the options, making sure to book early to secure the “best possible price”. “Future you will thank you for it,” Mr Bolla continued.

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