Published on : Thursday, June 4, 2020
The Malta Tourism Authority and the Ministry for Tourism and Consumer Protection recently announced that they have decided to reopen the Malta Airport. The decision comes following the plan of resumption of commercial flights to and from Malta starting July 1.
The very first set of flights are being opened for destinations including Germany, Austria, Sicily, Cyprus, Switzerland, Sardegna, Iceland, Slovakia, Norway, Denmark, Hungary, Finland, Ireland, Lithuania, Israel, Latvia, Estonia, Luxembourg, and the Czech Republic. As the coronavirus situation gradually gets better, more destinations will be allotted after getting approval from the health authorities.
Minister for Tourism and Consumer Protection Julia Farrugia Portelli said in a statement that the latest move reaffirms previous statements that said Malta will be having a summer season. She also informed that the restrictions were lifted after being carefully studied in the past few weeks. She mentioned that all actions have been undertaken after discussing with the health authorities and it will give people the confidence to travel further sustaining economy and tourism.
Dr. Gavin Gulia, Chairman, Malta Tourism Authority also stated that the travel and hospitality industry across the globe has faced an unprecedented challenges over the past few months. He mentioned that individuals who earn a living directly or indirectly from tourism including members of the travel trade, from airlines to tour operators and travel agents, as well as hoteliers and restaurateurs was harshly impacted by the coronavirus pandemic and an international travel ban. However, he also said that as the situation is currently improving in many countries, Malta can finally reopen its borders and authorities are looking forward with cautious optimism to the weeks and months ahead. He shared that the country can proceed to next important phase with confidence with all required safety precautions.
Johann Buttigieg, Chief Executive, Malta Tourism Authority further added that the opening of Malta International Airport is of utmost importance to the tourism sector. He shared that all the difficulties the sector overcame together served as testament to the resilience of the industry. He mentioned that though new challenges lie ahead, new opportunities are also set to arrive. He said that Malta is capable of rebuilding a profitable industry that provides a livelihood for thousands and stands important to the region’s economy.
Carlo Micallef, Deputy CEO and Chief Marketing Officer, Malta Tourism Authority also informed that with the opening of the airport, the country will be able to inform its overseas partners and customers that the time to simply dream about visiting Malta is over, and the actual visiting can resume. He shared that although the process of recovery would not happen overnight, every little step is essential and reopening the airport was one such important step. The European Commission, the Commonwealth, the World Health Organisation and the UNWTO among others have praised Malta’s efforts to eradicate the coronavirus outbreak so far.