Air links between Malta and Japan on the horizon
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.