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National aviation policy planned

Video: Paul Spiteri Lucas

The government is working on a national aviation policy so that the aviation industry can continue to grow in a planned and structured manner.

Tourism Minister Karmenu Vella, who is responsible for the sector, said the government is also planning to upgrade what is presently the Civil Aviation Directorate into a Civil Aviation Authority.

He made his comments during a visit to Lufthansa Technik this afternoon.

He said that the aviation sector was now part of the tourism ministry’s portfolio as were the ITS and Air Malta, because the ministry now encompassed all stakeholders in the tourism industry.

Whereas before tourism used to depend on the amount of promotion by the Malta Tourism Authority, the future of tourism now also depended on accessibility, new routes and the aviation industry as a whole, he said.

Twelve airlines use Lufthansa Technik to service their aircraft. SAS airline recently signed for to use Lufthansa Technik to service its aircraft in the winter.

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