Following a statement issued by the Malta Chamber of Commerce, Enterprise and Industry underlining the importance of the national airline Air Malta to the whole economy, negotiations with the union of airline pilots reached an agreement on Monday evening.
In a statement issued to all media, on Monday morning, the Malta Chamber said that saving Air Malta was a must, while it expressed its support for those negotiating on the airline's behalf to ensure it remained in a position to operate uninterruptedly, and into the future.
The Malta Chamber noted how it had supported successive governments in the past, in the country’s quest to ascertaining a sustainable future for Air Malta. "Today, in the national interest and that of businesses, the Chamber is once again in support of the airline" the press release said.
The Malta Chamber expressed its grave concern on possible irresponsible industrial action intended to interrupt Air Malta’s services, as such action would not only result in devastating effects on the airline itself, but also on the country’s economy at large.
"It is most unfortunate that a small yet important section of the company employees is once again threatening to paralyze the entire operation of the airline jeopardising the livelihood of their colleagues in other sections of the airline and with them all businesses and workers whose livelihood depends on the national airline" the Chamber said.
The Malta Chamber reiterated that the national airline is instrumental to the smooth running of the entire economy with several sectors depending intimately on its efficient and reliable operation.
"It is high time that every player in the equation understands the responsibilities and implications of their actions and act responsibly in favour of the economic stability of the country."
In conclusion, the Malta Chamber said that the country couldn't allow itself to be highjacked by the personal interests of the few. The Malta Chamber hence called for common sense to prevail in unblocking this dangerous impasse for the economy and for the highest degree of responsibility on the negotiation table.