Govern­ment wants to at­tract com­pa­nies to air­craft leas­ing sec­tor

Malta Independent - - NEWS -

The govern­ment wants to at­tract air­craft leas­ing com­pa­nies to Malta, Tourism Min­is­ter Ed­ward Zam­mit Lewis told Par­lia­ment yes­ter­day evening, adding that the lu­cra­tive sec­tor could cre­ate a num­ber of high qual­ity jobs.

Dr Zam­mit Lewis kicked off the de­bate on the Air­craft Registry Amend­ment Bill, say­ing that the govern­ment was also in­ter­ested in the air­craft fi­nanc­ing sec­tor.

The Tourism Min­is­ter said the 2010 law on the avi­a­tion sec­tor was a break­through but needed to be up­dated to keep up with an evolv­ing sec­tor.

He men­tioned that the Malta Tourism Au­thor­ity is work­ing on es­tab­lish­ing a Na­tional Aero­space Cen­tre, which would pro­vide train­ing for the avi­a­tion in­dus­try. The min­istry is work­ing on ob­tain­ing EU funds for the project.

Turn­ing to the Na­tional Air Traf­fic Ser­vice, Dr Zam­mit Lewis said 2013 prof­its had been dou­bled in 2015.

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