British Airways to launch new daily direct flights to Malta

British Airways, the UK’s national carrier, and nation’s largest airline based on fleet size, international flights and international destinations, is planning to launch a new direct flight to Malta, offering British holidaymakers the option of a new summer holiday destination.

The daily service from London Gatwick to Malta’s Luqa International Airport will start from March 30, 2014, ahead of the peak summer holiday season. Hand-baggage only tickets in economy Euro Traveller will start from £55 one-way, including all taxes and charges. Seats in Euro Traveller for customers who chose to take a bag, including all taxes and charges, start at £67 one-way, and in Club Europe (business class) one-way fares start at £274.

The new Malta route will be served by a combination of Boeing 737 and Airbus 319/320 aircraft.

Peter Simpson, British Airways’ director at Gatwick, said: ‘We are delighted to be launching this new route to Malta for Summer 2014 allowing us to return to the island, which we last served in 2009. We believe the convenient timings for the services will make the route attractive to tourists as well as those visiting friends and relatives.

‘Expanding our leisure route network at Gatwick is fantastic news for British Airways customers, offering them even greater choice, along with our range of highly competitive fares, generous hand baggage allowances and great onboard service.’

Malta’s tourism minister, Karmenu Vella, welcomed the announcement by British Airways, saying that it was a vote of confidence in the islands.

‘This announcement is a vote of confidence in our islands by one of the world’s leading flag carriers,’ he said. This will further strengthen our links with both London and beyond and should be a big help to both the leisure and the conference sectors, he added.

British Airways, which introduced its first long-haul flight to Los Angeles last week, said that it would make further additions to its holiday flights during summer 2014, with services from Gatwick to Salzburg, Naples, Dubrovnik, Marrakech and Catania.

Enjoying Sweets Abroad

There are a number of dates throughout the year promoting variations of local, national or international Chocolate Day – as if we needed an excuse to indulge our sugar cravings! UK Chocolate Week is every October and there is even World Chocolate Day which took place on September 4th. Take a look at our guide to enjoying some of the best desserts, sweets and cakes in three of Thomas Cook’s most popular European destinations.

Turkey

Last minute Turkey holidays are perfect for those of you with a sweet tooth. Turkish delight is probably the best-known sugary snack from the Middle East. These small, fragrant cubes of jelly are usually flavoured with rosewater, orange flower water or citrus fruit juice and heavily dusted with icing sugar. Turkish delight is served alongside coffee or tea in Middle Eastern households. Cinnamon or peppermint flavoured oils are sometimes used as an alternative to rosewater.

Baklava is by far Turkey’s favourite dessert. Eggs, olives, pistachio, and lemons are some of the ingredients used in this sweet treat. The final product is a delicious syrupy pastry snack. Aside from white-sandy beaches, breathtaking cliff-bound bays and lively nightlife, holidays to Dalaman offer some of the best baklava in the country.

Malta

Holidays in Malta have always been popular, due to the island’s many sunny days, expansive beaches and vibrant nightlife. It’s also a melting pot of cultures. With North African and Arabic influences from the south, Sicilian from the north, and Greek from the west, this diversity is reflected in its cuisine. Kannoli is perhaps the most famous Italian-influenced Maltese sweet. This very popular confectionery is shaped like a cylinder and stuffed with pieces of chocolate and fruit preserves. Figoll, delicious golden-brown biscuits stuffed with ground almonds, are also a local favourite.

Tunisia

Cheap holidays in Tunisia are very popular and with good reason; behind excellent beaches and low-rise hotels lies a country of great variety – green mountains, rivers, lakes and amazing weather. Tunisian desserts reflect this variety too. The most common is a simple plate of light, sweet and delicious seasonal fruit to cleanse the palate. There are also a multitude of honey, nut and pastry shaped sweets. Makroudh is a North African favourite; it is made with honey and has a date filling on the inside. Powdered sugar doughnuts topped with pistachios are also popular here.