“I believe Air Malta can help passengers connect between Europe and North Africa – there is space for such a niche carrier based in Malta,” said Konrad Mizzi, Minister for Tourism and Air Malta, in comments to MaltaChamber.org.mt.
The Tourism Minister also spoke about the national airline ranking amongst the top 100 airlines in the world, placing 93rd in the Skytrax World Airline Awards for this year. “We’re pleased about this, however we will not be complacent. We’ve set out an ambitious business and growth strategy for Air Malta, which builds on its current strengths including punctuality and good service. Following a cost nationalisation phase, we are now focusing on a commercial growth phase which will enable the financial turnaround of the airline.”
“Air Malta will continue to operate regular flights and increase their frequency to Europe's key airports. As part of our new commercial strategy, Air Malta is also introducing new routes and is increasing its fleet. This is important for tourists, business travellers and Maltese alike.”
Asked repeatedly to react on whether strategic partners for the airline should be sought locally or abroad, Dr Mizzi reiterated this decision would come after the process of restructuring. “Once this process is complete, we will be better placed to select the right strategic partners and forms of collaboration. The government will consider different models of strategic collaboration.”