Summer holiday route to Malta opens up from LJLA

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Liverpool John Lennon Airport (LJLA) has announced a new route, this time to the holiday island of Malta.

Malta is currently on the green list of destinations that passengers can travel to without needing to self-isolate for 10 days on their return.

Budget airline easyJet has launched the new summer route, offering a twice weekly flight starting in July 2021 as part of the airline’s summer 2021 schedule.

Flights will start on July 25, in time for the peak summer holiday period departing from Liverpool on Tuesdays and Sundays.

Paul Winfield, LJLA’s director of aviation development, said: “We continue to work closely with our airline partners looking at ways to offer passengers across the region the best opportunities to still be able to head off in search of some much needed summer sun and we are, therefore, delighted that easyJet have now chosen to add Malta to their list of destinations available this summer from Liverpool.”

He added: “As a destination on the green list, passengers can travel to Malta and return home without the need to quarantine, based upon the current travel restrictions.”

Ali Gayward, easyJet’s UK country manager said: “We really want to get back to what we do best and connect people across Europe so we welcome these additions to the green list and in response we have put even more seats on sale to new and existing routes to green destinations.

This includes a brand new route from Liverpool to Malta, meaning we now have over one million seats operating to current European green list destinations this summer.

“And with two thirds of UK adults expected to be double jabbed by 19 July, now is the time to let British citizens take advantage of the success of the vaccination programme so we urge the Government to move quickly to remove quarantine and testing for fully vaccinated people travelling from amber and green countries. This is overdue and unless testing is also removed flying could become the preserve of the rich again.”

The airline has now put more than 116,000 extra seats on sale from the UK to the new green list destinations in response to customer demand for international travel this summer

Through a recent study by leading epidemiologists Dr Jeffrey Townsend and Dr Alison Galvani who are faculty at the Yale School of Public Health, the airline has shown that much more of Europe should be classed as green on the Government’s framework.

Research has shown that travel from several countries would not affect the UK case rate, but most importantly, that travel to Europe would have very little impact on hospitalisations in the UK. This is because the success of the UK vaccine roll-out has broken the link between cases and hospitalisation. It is the same success that allows for the domestic reopening.