2015 marks the 100 Years Aviation in Malta, a much needed sector for an island insular by nature. Award winning Journalist Patrick J. O’ Brien reports:
In the last months, the Ministry for Tourism has been working on establishing the National Aerospace Centre to strengthen Malta’s economy and contribute to increasing our country’s competitiveness in the aviation sector. The news this week that the number of aircraft registering with the Maltese aviation register has now reached a record 201 according to Transport Malta has been met by all political parties with applause.
“The Government’s policy to promote Malta as a leading jurisdiction for Aircraft registration and as an attractive location to base air operating companies continues to register further success,” the transport watchdog said.
“Since January, the Authority has registered 49 aircrafts which compare very well with the 43 aircraft registered over the whole of 2014.”
Transport Malta said the Civil Aviation Directorate last year underwent various restructuring initiatives, including extensive training to key personnel and an aggressive recruitment drive that resulted in doubling specialised inspecting personnel at the Authority.
“Today, the Civil Aviation Directorate has the necessary expertise to ensure the highest level of safety standards and service required by the industry. More investment in personnel is expected to be made next year to further strengthen other areas of the Directorate. These efforts have been recognised by leading international operators who are increasingly considering Malta as their place for business.”
Transport Malta CEO James Piscopo said TM was determined to ensure that Malta becomes a significant player in the aviation industry.
“The investment in specialised personnel is providing the required impetus to secure more business from a sector that gives our country prestige, direct foreign revenue, employment and added value,” Piscopo added.
Meanwhile, Malta has signed various bilateral air service agreements with African Nations and is also going to participate in the eighth ICAO Air Services Negotiation Event, to be held in Antalya, Turkey, this October.