ALPA stands by its president
The Airline Pilots' Association (ALPA) has condemned what it described as a 'personal attack by Air Malta posted on the media in an attempt to
discredit ALPA’s president Capt. Dominic Azzopardi.
The Sunday Times reported yesterday that Air Malta is investigating a delay on a Milan to Malta flight after the captain waited for Mr Azzopardi. http://www.timesofmalta.com/articles/view/20120819/local/Probe-over-flight-delay-caused-by-pilots-chief.433370
ALPA claimed that the newspaper story did not portray the facts as actually happened and served only to put one of its members in a bad light and a clear attempt at character assassination.
"First of all it will take more than such an article to discredit ALPA’s president and we find the timing of this article highly suspicious. This especially, after the information has been “leaked” right after ALPA registered an industrial dispute with the company on Friday," the union said.
The union said this kind of attitude shown by the airline only served to provoke, and it shed light on the 'dirty tactics' that the company’s higher management was resorting to in an attempt to discredit the Union.
It said it would not comment further on the matter further, pending the investigation’s outcome, but it was concerned at the fairness of this inquiry, 'since now it’s been biased and marred by the unwarranted and misleading media leak.'