KM Malta Airlines (KM, Malta International) has been granted both its Air Operator Certificate (AOC) and Operator's Licence (OL) by Malta's Civil Aviation Directorate. The start-up carrier announced in a press release that it will start selling tickets for its launch network on December 4, and, as previously reported by ch-aviation, the new company will start flight operations on March 31, 2024.

It expects to serve 17 destinations with a fleet of eight A320-200neo, unlike its predecessor Air Malta (Malta International), which, based on ch-aviation fleets data, currently operates a mix of six A320neo and A320-200s.

According to a presentation made by Maltese Prime Minister Robert Abela and Finance Minister Clyde Caruana in October and published by the Times of Malta, the new airline will fly to Amsterdam Schiphol, Berlin Brandenburg International, Brussels National, Catania, Düsseldorf, London Gatwick, London Heathrow, Lyon St. Exupéry, Madrid Barajas, Milan Linate, Munich, Paris CDG, Paris Orly, Prague Václav Havel, Rome Fiumicino, Vienna, and Zurich with plans for Copenhagen Kastrup in year three of its business plan.

Based on ch-aviation schedules data, Milan Malpensa is the only destination currently served by Air Malta in its winter schedule that will no longer be served by its successor. During the summer 2023 season, it also operated to Geneva, Rotterdam, and Vienna.

KM Malta Airlines did not respond to ch-aviation's request for comment regarding the source of the two additional A320neo to be added to its fleet not that will not be sourced from Air Malta.