In defence of Air Malta, most predicted that their original plan to relaunch Flypass by summer 2013 was a little ambitious.
However, we’re now coming towards the end of 2013 and there have been no additional official announcements in relation to the new scheme.
As Maltapoints reported, it does appear that a plan was put in place to enter the Miles&More fold, but this seems to have been delayed (or possibly even cancelled) by the change in government. I am not sure what the reasons behinf this are, and can only wildly speculate, but it may be that there was some concern over the “national airline” of Malta operating Lufthansa’s frequent flyer scheme.
The above said, I recently spoke to the individual at Air Malta responsible for Flypass, and he was very open and honest about progress. In short, this project has encountered a few hitches, together with the internal issues associated with a summer launch of anything at Air Malta (specifically end of year financials, and staff holidays).
The key point to leave you with, however, is that Air Malta is still committed to re-launching its frequent flyer programme. Time-frames, however, remain something of a mystery.
Maltapoints will continue to review this situation and report back as soon as it becomes aware of developments.