Dis­cus­sions with Al­i­talia on­go­ing, prob­lems re­sult of PN’s pro­cras­ti­na­tion – Zam­mit Lewis

Malta Independent - - NEWS - Gabriel Schem­bri

The dis­cus­sions be­tween the Mal­tese govern­ment and Al­i­talia, the com­pany with whom Air Malta signed a mem­o­ran­dum of un­der­stand­ing for a part­ner­ship, are still on­go­ing, Min­is­ter for Tourism Ed­ward Zam­mit Lewis said in Par­lia­ment yes­ter­day as he was re­ply­ing to ques­tions by Deputy Leader of the Op­po­si­tion Mario de Marco.

He said that the govern­ment has no in­ten­tion of have th­ese dis­cus­sions go­ing on for­ever. “The prob­lems with Air Malta are the re­sult of the PN govern­ment’s pro­cras­ti­na­tion. The pre­vi­ous ad­min­is­tra­tion has kept drag­ging one year af­ter the other with­out pro­vid­ing a so­lu­tion. We are not here to find a quick fix to this prob­lem.”

Dr Zam­mit Lewis said that strate­gic part­ner is key for the fu­ture of the na­tional air­line. “The Op­po­si­tion has no cred­i­bil­ity to speak about Air Malta,” he said while say­ing that he notes the pro­pos­als put for­ward by Shadow Min­is­ter Clau­dio Grech.

The Min­is­ter said that it is in the govern­ment’s in­ter­est to safe­guard the com­pany’s em­ploy­ees as much as pos­si­ble.

Asked about the meet­ing be­tween him­self and Egyp­tian na­tional Ed­ward Banay­oti, Dr Zam­mit Lewis said that he had met a lot of peo­ple but had stopped th­ese dis­cus­sions. “I have noth­ing to hide,” he in­sisted.

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