Lib­er­alise trans­port be­tween the Is­lands

Malta Independent - - LETTERS -

As was done in all sec­tors: air travel, re­tail sec­tor, etc. There are no re­main­ing mo­nop­o­lies ex­cept, un­be­liev­ably, the Gozo Chan­nel.

Dr Al­fred Sant is re­ported to have said that EU rules do not per­mit state aid to the fast ferry ser­vice be­tween the is­lands, so it is up to Goz­i­tans to find so­lu­tions. But many Goz­i­tans keep mum about many things: it is the cul­ture; a bad one I am sure which puts us at a dis­ad­van­tage.

I ad­vo­cate the lib­er­al­i­sa­tion of trans­port be­tween Malta and Gozo – let sev­eral com­pa­nies op­er­ate. Their op­er­a­tions can be in­ter- wo­ven with the nec­es­sary in­fra- struc­ture be­ing built to op­er­ate ser­vices not only to Cirkewwa but al­soVal­letta, Sliema, Pi­eta, the Three Cities etc. I am sure the pri­vate sec­tor will wow us: make us walk on wa­ter lit­er­ally. And what about air trans­port? Just dou­ble the ex­ist­ing run­way by us­ing the land ad­join­ing the he­li­port cov­ered with de­bris and you have an airstrip which can be used by small fixed-wing air­craft.

This is more re­al­is­tic than the tun­nel and is a so­lu­tion un­til the time comes to de­cide on whether the tun­nel is fea­si­ble and sus­tain­able and would im­prove Gozo’s lot.

Joe Portelli Nadur

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