The Kardashians fly with Malta-based airline

AirX, a Malta based private air charter company has scored an exclusive deal with ‘America’s First Family’ the Kardashian’s, beating out extensive competition.

“The Kardashians are a household name with global hype and whose reality series chronicles their often-chaotic domestic life together. This is a real privilege for AirX and again demonstrates the prestigious product that AirX can offer at the right price to top A list celebrities.” – Company Chairman John B. Matthews.

The private airline obtained its Air Operator’s Certificate (AOC) from the Civil Aviation Directorate and Transport Malta and in May 2013. The company boasts an impressive a-list roster of clientele such as Paris Hilton and most recently being selected to fly Bruce Springsteen for ‘The River Tour’ around Europe. AirX won the prestigious honor of transporting the Olympic torch, allowing it to join a very long list of VIPs and famous passenger.

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Paris Hilton celebrates her birthday on an AirX plane

AirX, as part of a strategic growth plan is currently expanding its fleet and workforce, to become the leading private air charter operator in Europe. Earlier, this year AirX secured a spot, earlier on Billionaire.com amongst the top ten airline charter companies out of 831 worldwide. 

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Operating out of its Head Office at Cottonera Waterfront in Malta, the company currently employs 158 full time personnel, including 24 Maltese staff, AirX operates 13 aircraft: 3 Boeing 737 aircraft, 3 Legacy 600, 5 Challenger 850, and 2 Cessna Citation X. 77% of the Company’s fleet is registered on the Maltese aviation register. 

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Kappara: Sliema Road closed tonight

Sliema Road, Gżira will be closed tonight

 

A reminder that Sliema Road in Gżira, between Kappara roundabout and Triq il-Madonna tal-Ġebla, will be closed for a number of weeks from tonight.  Vehicles will not be able to access Gżira from the Kappara junction.  The alternative routes, announced months ago, come in place today.

 

Transport Malta has installed signs all over Malta to remind drivers of ongoing works in Kappara and to seek alternative routes.  We have installed diversion signs guiding drivers through the alternative routes.  The signs are marked with Kappara branding.

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Keeping informed.

Transport Malta produced videos showing the alternative routes step by step.  Those interested can view the videos, google maps and other information here. Website visitors can also view webcams showing Kappara roundabout and Triq Mikiel Anton Vassalli to monitor traffic in the area. Visitors can opt to subscribe to the sms and email notification service. They will also find a link to install the app Maltese Roads Traffic Updates on their mobile device.  The app will send notifications on ongoing works in Kappara.  Drivers can also consult the booklet distributed in their homes.  We strongly encourage drivers to use these tools to help them plan their journey.

 

 

The alternative routes.

Drivers travelling towards Gzira from the South can avoid the area by going through Birkirkara Bypass to San Gwann Industrial Estate, through Triq Bella vista, towards Triq in-Naxxar, Triq Birkirkara St Julians and then towards Valletta or Gżira. 

 

Otherwise they can keep going through Birkirkara Bypass, then through Triq Mikiel Anton Vassalli, towards ix-Xatt tal-Msida and then Rue D’Argens. 

 

From Regional Road and Sliema Raod, it will be possible to travel towards Paceville Tunnels and proceed either through the slip road towards San Gwann and then to Triq Birkirkara or else to use the slip roads to travel back to regional road and use Triq Reggie Miller Gzira.             

 

Drivers travelling towards Gzira from the North can avoid Kappara by travelling from Pembroke through Manuel Dimech Bridge, take the slip road towards St Julians and then travel along ix-Xatt up to Gżira or proceed towards Valletta.  

 

Those travelling towards Valletta must use ix-Xatt Ta’ Xbiex which will be 2 lanes direction Valletta only.

 

To reach the Kappara Area one must turn on Triq Reggie Miller and proceed towards Gżira via Rue D’Argens.

 

Regional Road will remain open for vehicles travelling towards North and towards South, however flow will be limited due to ongoing works on the existing carriageway.  Speed limit is 30km/h.

 

Public Transport

Route 24 is exiting onto Triq Mikiel Anton Vassalli from Triq Reggie Miller rather than from Sliema Road. The bus is not serving the bus stop in the latter road and the bus stop in Rue D’Argens.

 

Route X2, on the other hand, is serving the bus stop in Rue D’Argens since the bus will keep going up Rue D’Argens and turn onto Reggie Miller, before proceeding on its usual route.   

TM’s Ryan Spiteri completed Alive Cycle Challenge

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Ryan Spiteri completed Alive Cycle Challenge in aid of Children’s cancer research 

Ryan Spiteri, a Ports and Yachting officer at Transport Malta, was one the 28 cyclists who participated in the fourth edition of the ‘RE/MAX ALIVE 2016 Cycling Challenge, cycling 1000 kms in seven days. This year the challenge was in aid of children’s cancer research and with the support of the Remax and Friends Foundation; Alive will also be furnishing an indoor and outdoor play area at the Pediatric Unit within Sir Anthony Mamo Oncology Centre.  

This year marked Spiteri’s, fourth year in a row participating, sponsored by Transport Malta, having found out about the challenge through a cycling group on Facebook. The challenge itself involves cycling which is something Ryan is very passionate about, however what also interested him was that the funding was for the Maltese community. Spiteri, an avid triathlon participant, explained that the principles of a triathlon such as running, cycling and swimming differ to that of the challenge. For this experience, he had to forgo his swimming training and focus solely on cycling. When speaking about the highlights of the journey a particular memory came to Ryan’s mind, riding into St Peter’s square in Vatican City, in Rome. There were also the scenic routes, cycling from Croatia to Slovenia. One of the biggest challenges by far according to Mr Spiteri was the heat especially cycling through Italy and experiencing the different altitudes, with over 12,000m of elevation over seven days of cycling, up the Alps and other high mountains. 

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Alive is a non-profit, non-governmental organisation set up by Nicky Camilleri, Elton Barry, Miriam Abela, Gerth Lapira and Lydia Borg in 2013. They aim to raise the status of health awareness and scientific research thus investing in long term gains. Alive organises philanthropic activities in order to collect donations to support projects based on the necessity of the current social and health environment. When asked what advice Spiteri would give to people interested in participating in the challenge, He said “I would definitely recommend it to anyone, especially people who love cycling. But also to people who have never cycled before who are up for the challenge. We had people who had never ridden a bike and they successfully managed by sticking to the training schedule seriously and they successfully completed the challenge. Although it is not easy, it is achievable and can be a challenge for them as well.”

When asked to describe the challenge in just three words, Ryan, who turned 31 this week, said “tough, hot and rewarding”.  Keeping in the mind the goal and working as a group were two of the biggest sources for motivation for Ryan during the challenging times. Transport Malta offered their support for the organisation through a generous donation. Alive presented their record sum of  €100000 gathered from the 2015 edition to the Research Trust of the University of Malta (RIDT) to further the University’s specialised programme in cancer research for children on the 19th of June. Alive 2016

Deadline for 2005 VAT refund

Owners who have registered a vehicle in 2005 and received an application form from Transport Malta have to submit it by 29th July to receive the refund

As announced during the last Budget, Government will be refunding the equivalent amount of VAT paid on the registration tax (less the one time grant payment in 2014 of either €110 (vehicles) or €55 (motorcycles) to all vehicle owners who were eligible for the scheme that was published during 2014) to vehicle owners who had a vehicle registered between the 1stJanuary and 31st December 2005. This payment will be issued in one full and final settlement by cheque, which shall be posted to the address indicated on the application form in the coming months. As was announced the same process will be adopted in the following years, until all payments for the eligible applicants up till the end of 2008 are settled.

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In order to apply for the grant, vehicle owners who have received the notification by Transport Malta must verify their personal details, sign and return the application form to Transport Malta in order to accept the conditions stipulated in the grant. The application form must be duly filled in, signed and sent by post or submitted in person by not later than the 29thJuly 2016 to one of the following addresses below:

Grant Scheme

Transport Malta

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ArcadeStreet, Paola

                                                                                                     

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Ministry for Gozo

Licence Office

Saint Francis Square, Gozo

Documents required with the Application Form:

  1. No additional documentation is required to be submitted if a person is submitting his/her own application. 
  2. In the case of a deceased person, the heir should together with the application form fill in his/her  personal details and include a declaration made by a notary public, confirming that he/she is the eligible person to apply for the Scheme.

Furthermore, vehicle owners who had registered a vehicle for private use between 1st May 2004 and 31st December 2005 and are eligible for the scheme but had not applied for the grant during 2014 or 2015, may also submit an application form (which may be obtained from Transport Malta) until the 29th July 2016.

For further information or assistance vehicle owners may call either on Free Phone 8007 2373 from Monday to Friday between 08.00 and 15.00 or send an email to the following address: grantscheme.tm@transport.gov.mt 

Kappara – Sliema Road Gżira closed from Friday

Sliema Road, Gżira will be closed as from Friday

Sliema Road in Gżira, between Kappara roundabout and Triq il-Madonna tal-Ġebla, will be closed for a number of weeks from Friday.  Vehicles will not be able to access Gżira from the Kappara junction.  Transport Malta announced alternative routes months ago and is making the final arrangements to have all the alternative routes in place by Friday morning.

Parking was removed from the lower part of Rue D’Argens; making it two lane.  Triq ix-Xatt in Ta’ Xbiex is now two lanes towards Valletta.  Triq Abate Rigord towards Valletta will only be accessible for vehicles with eight persons or more.  

Transport Malta has installed signs all over Malta to remind drivers of ongoing works in Kappara and to seek alternative routes.  On Friday, we will uncover diversion signs guiding drivers through the alternative routes.  The signs are marked with Kappara branding.

 

Keeping informed

Transport Malta produced videos showing the alternative routes step by step.  Those interested can view the videos, google maps and other information on news.transport.gov.mt. Website visitors can also view webcams showing Kappara roundabout and Triq Mikiel Anton Vassalli to monitor traffic in the area. Visitors can opt to subscribe to the sms and email notification service. They will also find a link to install the app Maltese Roads Traffic Updates app on their mobile device.  The app will send notifications on ongoing works in Kappara.  Drivers can also consult the booklet distributed in their homes.  We strongly encourage drivers to use these tools to help them plan their journey.

 

 

The alternative routes

Drivers travelling towards Gzira from the South can avoid the area by going through Birkirkara Bypass to San Gwann Industrial Estate, through Triq Bella vista, towards Triq in-Naxxar, Triq Birkirkara St Julians and then towards Valletta or Gżira. 

 

Otherwise they can keep going through Birkirkara Bypass, then through Triq Mikiel Anton Vassalli, towards ix-Xatt tal-Msida and then Rue D’Argens. 

 

From Regional Road and Sliema Raod, it will be possible to travel towards Paceville Tunnels and proceed either through the slip road towards San Gwann and then to Triq Birkirkara or else to use the slip roads to travel back to regional road and use Triq Reggie Miller Gzira.             

 

Drivers travelling towards Gzira from the North can avoid Kappara by travelling from Pembroke through Manuel Dimech Bridge, take the slip road towards St Julians and then travel along ix-Xatt up to Gżira or proceed towards Valletta.  

 

Those travelling towards Valletta must use ix-Xatt Ta’ Xbiex which will be 2 lanes direction Valletta only.

 

To reach the Kappara Area one must turn on Triq Reggie Miller and proceed towards Gżira via Rue D’Argens.

 

Regional Road will remain open for vehicles travelling towards North and towards South, however flow will be limited due to ongoing works on the existing carriageway.  Speed limit is 30km/h.

 

Public Transport

As from tomorrow, Route 24 will exit onto Triq Mikiel Anton Vassalli from Triq Reggie Miller rather than from Sliema Road. The bus will not serve the bus stop in the latter road and the bus stop in Rue D’Argens.

 

Route X2 will however serve the bus stop in Rue D’Argens since the bus will keep going up Rue D’Argens and turn onto Reggie Miller before proceeding on its usual route. 

Kappara: Stakeholder Meeting

Transport Malta held another Kappara Project stakeholder meeting on Wednesday.  Kappara Project Leader Antoinette Conti gave an overview of the tasks accomplished so far and the programme of works for the coming weeks.

Local Councils, various entities and other stakeholders asked questions, discussed and gave suggestions mostly on traffic management.

Kappara Contractor will intensify works at street level next week.

Access to Dock 7 and the Tidal Lane during Summer

Vehicle access through Dock 7 will be closed from tomorrow 8th July at 19:00hrs since the construction of the Mediterranean Maritime Hub now enters a new phase.  

Meanwhile, in order to maximise the efficiency of the Tidal Lane, Transport Malta is changing the transition time of the Tidal Lane to cater for the season’s working hours. Transition time is as follows:

  • Sunday to Thursday at 21:00hrs lane direction will change direction to Valletta; having three lanes going towards Valletta and one lane direction to Paola
  • Mondays only at 14:30hrs lane direction will change direction to Paola; having two lanes towards Valletta and two lanes towards Paola 
  • From Tuesday to Friday at 13:00hrs lane direction will change direction to Paola; having two lanes towards Valletta and two lanes towards Paola 

The tidal lane is a system that changes the traffic direction of a lane  to maximise the capacity of the road.

Road works in Mellieħa

Transport Malta is carrying out road works in Triq il-Qammieħ Mellieħa, road leading from the area of it-Torri l-Aħmar to Għadira Bay. Works are expected to be ready in ten days’ time because of extensive concrete works.

Road will remain accessible but traffic will be diverted onto one lane for each direction.

Drivers are encouraged to slow down when reaching the area and to follow instructions by the officials on site.

Dock 7 closed from 8th July

The construction of the Mediterranean Maritime Hub enters a new phase.  Vehicle access through Dock number 7 will be closed on 8th July after 19:00. 

Months ago,the road going through the dock was not being used and was turned into a passage way to alleviate traffic in the area.  The access road will now be within a construction site.  It will not be safe enough for vehicles to go through.  Transport Malta implemented a tidal lane system in Paola so vehicles that used to go through Dock 7 will have another lane available in peak hours.  

The Mediterranean Maritime Hub will be a maritime service centre for oil rigs and a learning institute. The €55 million investment is an opportunity for Malta to become a point of reference in the gas and oil industries within the Mediterranean and beyond.

Works in Swieqi

Works in Swieqi, in the tunnels in Triq M A Vassalli and the area

Transport Malta will carry out resurfacing works in part of Triq il-Qasam and part of Triq San Andrija. To reduce  inconvenience to traffic, major works will be carried out  tonight  between 20:00hrs and 05:00hrs. Minor works will be completed tomorrow during the day.

Road will remain accessible but no parking will be allowed along the road. 


Transport Malta will carry out resurfacing works in the tunnels in Triq Mikiel Anton Vassalli in both directions. Works will be carried out this week, at night  between 20:00hrs and 05:00hrs.

During works, the tunnels will remain accessible with traffic being diverted onto one lane for each direction.  During the day, the tunnels will be fully accessible.

Drivers are encouraged to avoid the area as much as possible, to drive with caution and to follow instructions by the officials on site.