Govern­ment has fall-back po­si­tion if deal be­tween Air Malta and Al­i­talia is called off - PM

Malta Independent - - NEWS - ■ Gabriel Schem­bri

Prime Min­is­ter Joseph Mus­cat said that the govern­ment has other plans laid out if the deal be­tween Air Malta and Al­i­talia falls through.

Asked by this news­pa­per what these al­ter­na­tives are, Dr Mus­cat said that the govern­ment has a fall-back po­si­tion which can be in­voked if nec­es­sary. “I can as­sure every­one that such deals are not made hap­haz­ardly,” he added.

Meet­ing with the Malta Ho­tels and Restau­rants As­so­ci­a­tion last Fri­day in a pre-bud­get event, the Prime Min­is­ter said he would con­sider “pulling the plug” on the ne­go­ti­a­tions be­tween Al­i­talia and Air Malta if the sale is not favourable to the air­line and the govern­ment’s in­ter­ests.”

This stems from the fact that Air Malta may no longer be the mar­ket leader with Ryanair pro­jected to have the largest share of in­com­ing pas­sen­gers to Malta. Mus­cat did say that if the sale did not come to fruition, he would seek al­ter­na­tives which would al­low Air Malta to sta­bi­lize and grow.

Asked on who was present dur­ing the ne­go­ti­a­tions with Crane Cur­rency and when these had started, Dr Mus­cat re­it­er­ated that ne­go­ti­a­tions were han­dled by Malta En­ter­prise but he could not re­call what the ex­act date was.

On the LNG tanker, Joseph Mus­cat said that it should be in Malta “in the com­ing days.”

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