Ukrainian state-owned aircraft manufacturer Antonov is considering opening up a logistics centre in Malta, Prime Minister Joseph Muscat announced this afternoon.
The company’s particular expertise is in the field of very large aeroplanes and aeroplanes using unprepared runways. “This would supplement the already growing maintenance, repair and operations business that includes Lufthansa and SR technics,” Dr Muscat said. “The addition of this type of aircraft will further strengthen Malta’s reputation as one of the world leaders in aviation maintenance.”
Ukrainian president Petro Poroshenko, who discussed the possible investment with top personnel from Antonov, said that both he and Dr Muscat were surprised at the amount of Antonov aircraft servicing North Africa. “It’s a very big market. I am convinced that Antonov will follow the wise decision of Lufthansa,” he said. “Together we can make Malta a capital for aircraft logistics.”
In addition to this, Dr Muscat announced the possibility of opening up a regional grain terminal for the distribution of Ukrainian grain. “In particular, we are looking at investments in the Kordin grain terminal to efficiently distribute Ukrainian grain across North Africa,” he said.