An airstrip in Gozo is not a priority for a Labour government but a helicopter service will be considered, Joseph Muscat told Gozitan businessmen this afternoon.

At a meeting of the Gozo Business Chamber held at the Calypso Hotel in Marsalforn, the Labour leader said having an adequate link between Gozo and Malta was important.

"We know you want an airstrip but we do not feel this is a priority and instead will consider a helicopter service and a fast ferry service between Mgarr and Valletta," Dr Muscat said.

He also pledged that studies on the creation of a tunnel link between the two islands will continue.

In a brief introduction before journalists were asked to leave the room - the meeting continued in private - Dr Muscat said a Labour government will develop a medical-education market by using the Gozo hospital and a cruise liner terminal at Mgarr.

Michael Grech, president of the chamber, said businessmen wanted things to get done. "The has to be the political will to implement what is discussed within stipulated time frames," Dr Grech said, adding Gozo needed different strategies and solutions to those of Malta.

Dr Muscat said Labour will deliver on its pledges "on time and within budget".

Dr Muscat then visited the Arkadia shopping complex in Victoria where he was shown around by entrepreneur and owner Brian Mizzi.

Labour's roadmap was intended to create job and business opportunities in Gozo so that companies like Mr Mizzi's could flourish and benefit the local economy, Dr Muscat said in a brief statement.

The Labour leader is shortly expected to address supporters under the tent in Xaghra where European Socialist Party president Hannes Swoboda is also expected to speak. 

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