Are direct flights between Malta and India in the pipeline?

Ritratt: Clodagh Farrugia O'Neill

Discussions focusing on a Maltese-Indian cooperation in the aviation sector might lead to flight operating between the two countries.

In a press release, the Office of the Prime Minister of Malta explained that Joseph Muscat is currently India and that he has met the Indian Prime Minister Narenda Modi.

According to the same communication, it was also revealed that the two prime ministers discussed the aviation and pharmaceutical sector as well as the inspection work that the Maltese Medical Authority does in India, particularly in Gujarat which is home to a number of pharmaceutical companies.

Prime Minister Joseph Muscat in India

The Prime Minister Joseph Muscat, Minister for Investment Chris Cardona and Government MP Robert Abela, The Maltese High Commissioner for India Stephen Borg and the Prime Minister’s Chief of Staff Keith Schembri are currently attending the Vibrant Gujarat Summit 2019 in Ahmedabad.

The Prime Minister Joseph Muscat also met the State of Gurajat’s Chief Minister Vijay Rupani. During their meeting cooperation between Malta and Gurajat were discussed particularly in the pharmaceutical, aviation and maritime sector.

“Indian companies based in London are looking at Malta as a European base”

During his address at the Vibrant Gurajat Summit 2019, the Prime Minister Joseph Muscat stated that a number of Indian companies that have historically been based in London are looking at Malta as their operative base. This is also due to a number of identical values that the two countries hold.

Muscat also spoke about Malta’s role in the block chain sector. The Prime Minister also mentioned the Maltese maritime and aviation sectors.

Muscat also referred to two Indian companies that are operating from Malta namely Autobindo which deals with pharmaceuticals and Steamcast who together with Enemalta have invested in the Global Data Centre.