"We are determined to create a skills community
to efficiently service the aviation sector"
In his address during the Business Jet 5th Annual Conference in
Business Opportunities, Minister for Tourism Edward Zammit Lewis
referred to business aviation as a means that reduces distances and
allows companies to optimise facilities and staff in locations
where demand and talent are.
Studies show that globally, more than 370,000 jobs are directly
or indirectly dependent on Business Aviation activities in Europe.
Further to that, €98 billion of goods and services are
produced, €27 billion in Gross Value Added (GVA) and €21
billion are spent in wages and salaries.
The European strategy pushes the need for European States to
access emerging markets where the demand for aviation services is
not being satisfied appropriately, both in terms of quality and
quantity. With reference to the Maltese Presidency, Minister Zammit
Lewis said that "in this regard the Maltese Presidency of the
Council of the EU is set to address the challenges by focusing on
regulatory concerns, while at the same time facilitating
development of the economic aspect of aviation which would
contribute to economic growth and job creation".
He further stated "the Presidency considers the revision of
the Regulation of the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) a
priority, since it touches upon the safety of EU citizens. It is
clear that both legislators want a safe and an efficient aviation
sector in Europe, where EASA can make best use of its
With reference to the situation in the local context, the
Minister emphasised that we must seek a more proactive approach
from a legal, financial and educational aspect. This is the way
forward to adapt ourselves to the forthcoming changes and
challenges in this dynamic sector.
In his concluding remarks, Minister for Tourism Edward Zammit
Lewis referred to his vision for the sector, mainly to transform
Malta into a more attractive jurisdiction for institutions, willing
to finance aviation operations, to attract more companies operating
within the aircraft leasing environment, to create a 'skills
community' to efficiently service the sector, and lastly to
further improve the infrastructure required by aviation
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