25th Airshow @ Malta

Malta, officially known as the Republic of Malta is one of the world’s smallest and most densely populate countries situated 80 km (50 mi) south of Italy, 284 km (176 mi) east of Tunesia and 333 km (207 mi) north of Libya.
Despite all this, they have their own airport (Malta International Airport) and airline (Air Malta) which was founded in 1973.
The airport is used by both civilian and military users, as the Maltese Air Force is also based on this airport.
Air Malta headquarters are located at Luqa (Malta) and now they have a fleet of 8 aircraft (7 Airbus A320 and 1 Airbus A319) flying to 39 different destinations.
The airport is use
Due to the fact that the island lies “central” between Europe, Africa and the Middle East, they see regularly  “exotic” aircraft arriving at their airport.
Also did they received very rarely miltary aircraft the previous years during their airshow:

– 2016: Ukranian Air Force: Il-76 + 2 x SU 27 Flankers
– 2015: Egyptian Air Force: C-130H + K-8E
– 2012: Qatari Emiri Air Force: C-130J-30

The highlights of this year were the Saudi Hawks, including some Saudi C-130 transporters, the Turkish Stars, the Canadian CF-188 (this plane was only viewable on the static) and last but not least, an Ukranian An-30!!!
Up to a month before the airshow, it was not yet 100% sure if it was going to happen because of the dispute between the new minister and the airshow organization, but eventually the liberating answer came.

Thanks to our maltese friend, who had been with us on various trips before, we were given access to the better spotterplaces around the airport for the arrivals and departures.
The airshow itself was flown by the coast of Smart City.





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