Af­ter Ital­ian me­dia says Al­i­talia-Air Malta scrapped, PN in­sists on lo­cal in­vest­ment

Malta Independent - - NEWS -

The PN in­sisted yes­ter­day that the gov­ern­ment should seek lo­cal in­vest­ment for Air Malta af­ter sec­tions of the Ital­ian me­dia re­ported that Al­i­talia had scrapped the ne­go­ti­a­tions with the Mal­tese air­line.

The PN said that, in view of these re­ports, the gov­ern­ment should take a de­ci­sion with­out wast­ing any more time.

“The un­cer­tainty grip­ping the na­tional car­rier and all of its em­ploy­ees is con­cern­ing and is ef­fect­ing the work­ers’ peace of mind. These work­ers de­serve a clear di­rec­tion and should not be left to face the fu­ture with un­cer­tainty.”

The PN said it was equally wor­ry­ing that the public was learn­ing about the de­vel­op­ments at Air Malta from the Ital­ian me­dia, rather than from the gov­ern­ment.

“In light of these lat­est de­vel­op­ments the PN is again ask­ing the gov­ern­ment to col­lab­o­rate and show that it has faith in lo­cal in­vestors.

“The PN be­lieves that the best choice for a sus­tain­able fu­ture for Air Malta is for the gov­ern­ment to at­tract lo­cal in­vest­ment, which would strengthen Air Malta and im­prove its com­pet­i­tive­ness.”

This would also mean, the PN said, that the gov­ern­ment would re­tain con­trol over strate­gic de­ci­sions.

“The strate­gic and economic value of Air Malta is too great for the air­line to be left in un­cer­tainty.”

The state­ment was signed by shadow econ­omy min­is­ter Clau­dio Grech and MPs An­toine Borg and Censu Galea.

In a counter state­ment, the gov­ern­ment said that the Op­po­si­tion is mak­ing a big deal about spec­u­la­tion in the Ital­ian me­dia when the Tourism Min­is­ter and the Air Malta chair­per­son had de­nied the story.

The gov­ern­ment said of­fi­cial in­for­ma­tion will be made public when the time comes, in the same way that the sign­ing of the mem­o­ran­dum of un­der­stand­ing with Al­i­talia had been signed.

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