UK operator British International has been asked to take over the helicopter service between the Mediterranean islands of Malta and Gozo. The original service by Malta Air Charter, which used two Bulgarian-registered Mil Mi-8s, closed down late last year after Malta’s May 1 entry into the European Union brought aircraft certification and operation under the new European Aviation Safety Agency.
Spanish operator Helisureste has inaugurated a replacement service between the Mediterranean islands of Malta and Gozo, using a Bell 412. An earlier operation using two Bulgarian-registered Mi-8s closed last year after the islands’ entry into the European Union brought them under new EASA rules.
The relaunched helicopter service between the Mediterranean islands of Malta and Gozo carried more than 500 passengers in its first month of operation.
Helisureste from Spain officially took the reins from Malta Aircharter in March.
The company’s EASA-compliant Bell 412 can carry 13 passengers on as many as nine flights per day.
Helisureste also offers scheduled services, flying from Malaga to the Spanish territory of Ceuta, on the North African coast, and from Malta to its Mediterranean island neighbor of Gozo. On the former run it has recently introduced a new AW139, which offers two more passenger seats and shaves 10 minutes off the flying time of its predecessor, a Bell 412.