Representatives of Ryanair and Air Malta signed an agreement on Tuesday that allows the sale of flights for the Maltese Airline over Ryanair’s website. Ryanair customers will be able to book flights from Luqa to destinations in Africa, Asia, Europe, and Russia after the deal is finalized.

The list of new bookable destinations includes cities in Austria (Vienna), Israel (Tel Aviv), Russia (Moscow), Switzerland (Zurich) and in addition to airports in Morocco, Tunisia, the Czech Republic, and Ukraine.

This new partnership is the same as the agreement that Ryanair signed with Air Europa earlier this year.

Passengers can book flights with Air Malta via Ryanair’s website, but there is no codeshare arrangement between the two airlines.

Ryanair Chief Commercial Officer David O’Brien commented that this is the latest initiative under the airline’s “always getting better” program, which is aimed at improving service. O’Brien pointed out that Ryanair offers 53 routes to and from Malta.

Air Malta’s Chairman, Dr. Charles Mangion, called the deal a landmark deal. “This agreement will also help Air Malta increase its visibility in overseas markets and tap into new revenue streams,” he said.

Mangion also added that the partnership with Ryanair is happening because of Air Malta’s efforts to upgrade its IT systems. He noted that the deal helps “address Air Malta’s online weakness.”

“Over the last year, Air Malta has made significant improvements not only to expand its network of destinations with more frequencies and destinations but also changing its product in terms of fare structure and onboard service, and we are also happy to help Ryanair to continue their journey to become the ‘Amazon of travel’,Mangion continued.

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