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