Update: Maleth says it’s still in talks with P&O Cruises for winter 2024/25 flights

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By Linsey McNeill
26/02/2024
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Malta-based Maleth Aero says it is still discussing with P&O Cruises the possibility of operating some flights for the cruise line next winter.

When previously asked about its future plans with the cruise line,, the one-class carrier had said their ‘partnership’ would finish at the end of March. It said this was due to it having ‘new operations in the coming months’.

However, its spokesperson clarified today that they had only meant that their existing winter contract would end, as planned, next month. With regard to next winter, the spokesperson added: “For sure, we are open and talking with P&O, and possibly will be operating flights for them, but nothing has been signed yet.”

P&O Cruises began using Maleth Aero last November to fly some passengers out from London Gatwick and Manchester to Antigua and Barbados, where they join its ships Britannia and Arvia. The cruise line also uses TUI.

However, many passengers have complained about the service from the Maltese airline, which – unlike TUI’s flights  – doesn’t offer business class or inflight entertainment.

Passengers have also complained about long delays, with some threatening legal action against Maleth after they were forced to spend Christmas in Bermuda when their return flight hit turbulence and had to divert.

P&O Cruises President Paul Ludlow this week apologised in a social media post for the issues some customers have experienced. In the video, posted on X, he said: “I know that we’ve had some flight issues this season and for anyone who has been impacted by those, we are so sorry.

“We are delighted to be partnering again with TUI next season and we are also confirming our other airline partner and will update you as soon as possible.”

Agents have told Travel Gossip that customers are holding off booking Caribbean cruises with P&O until they know which airline it will be using.

The Maleth Aero spokesperson added today: “Discussions about next season are still being had. We look forward to operating the remainder of the current contracted season of flying P&O Cruise customers to their holiday destinations.”

*This article was updated on 27 February to add the amended statement from Maleth.

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