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07/02/2011 - Business Aviation Traffic in Malta from 2008 to 2010
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Courtesy of Eurocontrol we know that since 2004 the business aviation traffic peaked in Malta in 2008 with a total number of departures of 711. This trend was reversed in 2009 and for the first time in more than 5 years the traffic shrank to figures below those in 2007. Fortunately for our industry we experienced an immediate and strong recovery in 2010. In fact the total traffic in 2010 was higher not only than that in 2009 but even surpassed the record high of 2008. In fact the growth in 2010 over 2009 was of 38%. Even when compared to 2008 the growth figures are still very strong and in fact represent a 20% growth on 2008.

While these figures are very encouraging it is very important that we improve this sector to the levels of service found elsewhere in the EU27. Business aviation in Malta is still without a General Aviation Terminal, and of course has the same security restrictions as commercial air traffic. Handling service providers have to buy a licence from one of the two protected licences adding costs to the service providers and therefore the end user. One hopes that as this business continues to grow our case with the local authorities for liberalisation of the market as well as the need of a general aviation terminal gets the attention that it merits.