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Malta is welcoming maiden flights from Genoa, Sofia and Brindisi
The Malta International Airport is welcoming three inaugural flights from Brindisi and Genoa in Italy and Sofia in Bulgaria. The flights, which will be operated by Ryanair until October, include bi-weekly flights to Brindisi, on Tuesdays and Saturdays, Genoa on the same days and Sofia on Mondays and Fridays.
Brindisi is a brand new route between the south of Italy and Malta, but Genoa has made a comeback to the airport’s flight schedule, following a brief absence. The Sofia route is currently also being served by low-cost airline Wizz Air.
Say hello to Brindisi
On Tuesday morning, MIA welcomed the first flight from Brindisi, as it joined the existing four weekly flights to Bari. Brindisi is a port city in Italy’s southern Apulia region. Known as the ‘Gateway to the East, the city rests on the edges of the Adriatic Sea and thus often acts as a point of arrival and departure for those wishing to visit Puglia. The Romans set about maximising Brindisi’s potential in the middle of the third century BC and thus, two columns were erected to identify Brundisium as the end of the Appian Way, a road that had been built to facilitate the movement of goods and troops between the centre of the empire and the east Mediterranean.
Say hello (again) to Genoa
Genoa is another port city and also the capital of Italy’s northwest Liguria region. Known for its central role in maritime trade over many a century, Genoa became one of the largest naval powers of the European continent and considered among the wealthiest cities in the world. The city has hosted huge shipyards and steelworks since the 19th century and its solid financial sector dates back to the Middle Ages. Side note: did you know that Genoa was the birthplace of Christopher Columbus (1451)?
Say hello (again) to sofia
Sofia is the capital of the Balkan nation of Bulgaria, as well as the largest. Known as Serdica in Antiquity and Sredets in the Middle Ages, the city of Sofia has been an area of human habitation since at least 7000BC. Sofia is the 14th largest city in the European Union, is surrounded by mountains such as Vitosha, Lyulin and the Balkan mountains, making it the third highest European capital. The city has also been described as the ‘triangle of religious tolerance’ as three temples of three major world religions, including Christianity, Islam and Judaism, are situated within one square.
Which city would you be most excited to visit?