Air links be­tween Malta and Ja­pan on the hori­zon

The Malta Business Weekly - - NEWS -

Trans­port Malta and the Ja­pan Civil Avi­a­tion Bureau met in Tokyo last week to dis­cuss the nec­es­sary reg­u­la­tory frame­work which will per­mit the es­tab­lish­ment of air trans­port links be­tween both coun­tries.

Trans­port Malta was part of the trade mis­sion to Ja­pan, led by Prime Min­is­ter Joseph Mus­cat. Cap­tain Charles Pace, direc­tor gen­eral for Civil Avi­a­tion, met with rep­re­sen­ta­tives of Ja­pan’s Civil Avi­a­tion Bureau, Ja­panese air­lines and a num­ber of stake­hold­ers within the avi­a­tion in­dus­try, with the goal to strengthen the re­la­tions be­tween the avi­a­tion sec­tors of both coun­tries.

Malta will con­tinue to build on the progress made, in these meet­ings, to es­tab­lish an air ser­vices agree­ment be­tween the two coun­tries. Both del­e­ga­tions reached a com­mon un­der­stand­ing on the routes to be op­er­ated by the air­lines, ca­pac­ity en­ti­tle­ments, code-shar­ing, avi­a­tion safety, se­cu­rity and other op­er­a­tional ar­range­ments.

The meet­ings marked an im­por­tant mile­stone for Malta in its quest for fur­ther in­ter­na­tional co­op­er­a­tion in the field of avi- ation.

The air travel in­dus­try in Ja­pan sup­ports more than one mil­lion jobs and gen­er­ates more than €70bn in GDP. Ja­pan is cur­rently un­der­go­ing a ca­pac­ity ex­pan- sion pol­icy with the aim to ac­com­mo­date an ex­tra 39,000 in­ter­na­tional flight move­ments by the year 2020.

Op­er­a­tors en­gage in dis­cus­sions with Trans­port Malta's Civil Avi­a­tion Direc­torate to in­crease their fleet or to es­tab­lish them­selves as new op­er­a­tors within our ju­ris­dic­tion. Oth­ers seek to ex­pand their ar­eas of oper­a­tion and in­crease their port­fo­lio of li­cences. Only last month, TM reg­is­tered the first op­er­a­tional A380, the largest pas­sen­ger air­craft in oper­a­tion, un­der the Mal­tese flag.

Malta is de­vel­op­ing into an avi­a­tion hub, with a strong yet flex­i­ble le­gal frame­work and thus po­si­tion­ing it­self as an at­trac­tive ju­ris­dic­tion for air­craft reg­is­tra­tion. New leg­is­la­tion has breathed new life into Malta’s avi­a­tion in­dus­try and the coun­try has been steadily build­ing up a clus­ter of avi­a­tion ser­vices in­clud­ing main­te­nance, air­craft man­age­ment, cargo op­er­a­tions, train­ing, as­set fi­nanc­ing and slowly but surely, el­e­ments of the leas­ing sec­tor.

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