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