In a statement issued this morning, Malta International Airport, welcomed the government’s decision to re-open the airport on the 1st July 2020.
MIA said that “while the initial flight schedule will be limited to a number of selected markets, the re-opening constitutes a first important step towards the recovery of the local aviation industry and tourism sector,” whilst reiterating its obligation to continue prioritising the health and safety of airport guests and employees, and giving travellers peace of mind as they pass through the airport.
To this end, in close collaboration with the relevant government authorities, Malta International Airport is in the process of re-evaluating the passenger journey and introducing mitigating measures at each passenger touch point.
“While promising to continue doing its utmost to ensure that airport guests can enjoy safe and pleasant travels, Malta International Airport would also like to appeal to prospective travellers for their cooperation in maintaining a safe environment at all times,” MIA said.
Meanwhile, Malta Tourism Authority also welcomed this news, with CEO Johann Buttigieg saying that “the announcement that Malta International Airport – our primary gateway to the world – is reopening is of fundamental importance to all of us in the tourism sector, and we welcome it with enthusiasm. The difficulties we have managed to overcome together in the past weeks are testament to the resilience of the industry. New challenges lie ahead, but with them come new opportunities. MTA believes that Malta has all it takes to rebuild a profitable industry that provides a livelihood for thousands and is so important to the Maltese economy.”
MTA Deputy CEO, Carlo Micallef added that “throughout the peak of the pandemic, when international travel was at a standstill, we made sure that the Maltese Islands remained top-of-mind for prospective travellers in our core markets by means of a campaign called “Dream Malta Now… Visit Later”. With the opening of our airport, we can now start to inform our overseas partners and customers, that the time to simply dream is over, and the actual visiting can begin once again. It will not happen all at once, and not from everywhere from day one. But it is an important first step, one that the industry and the public has been eagerly waiting for.”