Alex Agius Saliba calls on EP to grant Air Malta a full waiver of air slots during summer

Alex Agius Saliba

Labour MEP Alex Agius Saliba, is calling on MEPs to support further measures to grant airlines a full wavier for the whole summer seasons and not only until the 30th of June, as the European Commission has proposed.  

In a statement, Alex Agius Saliba said that this week, MEPs will vote on the allocation of slots at community airports.

Agius Saliba explained how the coronavirus outbreak is having a major impact on the international and European aviation industry.

“We are living in unprecedented times and this ban will be a first such occurrence in Air Malta’s 45-year history”, said the MEP.

He also said that Air Malta needs to be granted a waiver from the 80-20 rule under the Slots Regulation as the recent developments have created a which could lead to Air Malta to lose its slots in the future to airports such as Heathrow, Fiumicino, Orly, Charles de Gaulle, Berlin Tegel and Geneva.

The Labour MEP stated he welcomed the European Commission’s proposed measures to ease the impact of the COVID-19 outbreak on the aviation industry, which the European Parliament needs to approve this week.

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