More sup­port to the busi­ness avi­a­tion sec­tor in Malta may help it grow fur­ther

Malta Independent - - NEWS -

Labour MEP Miriam Dalli called for less bu­reau­cracy and more sup­port to the Busi­ness Avi­a­tion sec­tor in or­der to en­able it to grow and con­trib­ute fur­ther to the Mal­tese econ­omy. Dr Dalli was vis­it­ing a new hangar at the Malta In­ter­na­tional Air­port, in which she also met rep­re­sen­ta­tives of 15 dif­fer­ent com­pa­nies which op­er­ate in this sec­tor.

“Busi­ness Avi­a­tion can be con­sid­ered as a new eco­nomic niche which is grad­u­ally grow­ing. In­deed, this sec­tor di­rectly em­ploys around 3,000 per­sons and at­tracts numer­ous high-end clients to our shores. Hence we need to en­sure there is no ex­ces­sive red-tape which is hin­der­ing the growth of this sec­tor,” Dr Dalli said.

The Pres­i­dent of the Malta Busi­ness Avi­a­tion As­so­ci­a­tion Stan­ley Bugeja thanked Miriam Dalli for her visit so that she fa­mil­iarises her­self with the chal­lenges and op­por­tu­ni­ties which this sec­tor offers.

“Nowa­days, Malta ranks third in Europe for the num­ber of busi­ness avi­a­tion flights per capita with more than 60% of avi­a­tion jobs on the is­land from the busi­ness avi­a­tion sec­tor,” Mr Bugeja said.

Dur­ing a meeting with var­i­ous rep­re­sen­ta­tives from this sec­tor, the Labour MEP un­der­lined the im­por­tance that the sec­tor also im­proves its en­vi­ron­men­tal cre­den­tials in or­der to reach the tar­gets set for a re­duc­tion in emis­sions. They also dis­cussed the re­cent ICAO (In­ter­na­tional Civil Avi­a­tion Or­gan­i­sa­tion) agree­ment which in­tro­duces a num­ber of global mar­ket-based en­vi­ron­men­tal mea­sures for the avi­a­tion sec­tor.

This was one of the meet­ings which Miriam Dalli held with sev­eral stake­hold­ers in­ter­ested in Euro­pean en­vi­ron­men­tal leg­is­la­tion and is­sues dis­cussed in the En­vi­ron­men­tal Com­mit­tee of the Euro­pean Par­lia­ment, of which Miriam Dalli was ap­pointed S&D Co­or­di­na­tor last month.

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