Wizz Air Malta, a branch of the Hungarian low cast carrier, will start operations on Tuesday 27th September (tomorrow), following the arrival on Monday of the first aircraft registered under the local company to Malta International Airport.
The first flight will take off from Rome’s Fiumicino International Airport.
Wizz Air Malta has been granted an Air Operator’s Certificate (AOC) by the European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) and an Operating Licence (OL) by the Malta Civil Aviation Directorate (CAD).
At an event celebrating the commencement of Wizz Air Malta operations, Wizz Air president Robert Carey said that the new airline will provide opportunities to further diversify operations and drive growth.
“Malta’s economic and regulatory regime will enable Wizz Air to strengthen its position in the global market. We would like to thank EASA and CAD for their support and expertise, and we look forward to working with the Maltese authorities over the coming years,” he said.
Capt. Charles Pace, director general within the Civil Aviation Directorate, said that he was proud to see Malta being selected by another key industry stakeholder. He thanked all those who collaborated to issue the AOC and AOL on time.
Minister for Transport, Infrastructure and Capital Projects Aaron Farrugia, meanwhile, said he expects the new airline to register a “substantial amount” of aircraft in the country.
“Malta will continue to support investors who choose Malta as their jurisdiction for the benefit of this very important industry, and ultimately for the strength of our economy,” he said.
The Minister continued: “In the context of global instability at the moment, businesses in various sectors of our varied economy are finding stability in Malta. And stability is crucial for doing business. As we did during the pandemic when we supported all business operations with a wage supplement, we are now also maintaining stable energy prices, which is giving certainty to businesses in an otherwise volatile period.”
The airline also plans to introduce daily flights between Rome Fiumicino and Malta by June
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