In mid-July, active cases of COVID-19 in Malta dropped to just 3, which indicated successful containment of the March outbreak. However, following the re-opening of the economy to tourists and several mass events, Malta is experiencing a surge in cases, even exceeding the levels recorded in H1 2020.

This uncertainty is once again increasing concerns in the aviation industry, with airlines cutting flights and opting to keep operations suspended, despite the opening of borders. Locally, it was reported that Emirates has continued to suspend operations and the airline may restart flights only when it is commercially and operationally feasible Ryanair will cut its September and October timetable by “20 percent” on weaker-than-expected demand following renewed virus-linked travel restrictions in some European countries. We expect other airlines to continue to cut demand expectations for the coming months given the outbreak of COVID -19.

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