Air Malta has launched three new Mediterranean routes to Malta, Sardinia and Sicily from London Southend Airport.

The airline is now operating three direct flights a week to the island of Malta, of which Valletta is the 2018 European Capital of Culture.

The airline also has direct flights twice weekly to both Catania, Sicily, and Cagliari, the capital of Sardinia.

The carrier's acting chief executive officer, Joseph Galea, said: “Air Malta is very excited. London has always been a major destination for Maltese people, and Malta is a popular attraction for British people, so the connectivity we are now offering between Malta and London - plus Cagliari and Catania - makes it very exciting for us. Mostly we fly point to point, but the London Southend product gives us the opportunity to combine Sardinia and Sicily - it is already doing well, so we are thrilled as it is where we want to go in the future.”

Tickets are on sale now at with prices starting from £35 to the three new destinations.

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