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‘We need Air Malta to have a future’: airport

22-Jul-2011 11:34 AM

Malta International Airport’s CEO Julian Jaeger said that it is prepared to reduce airport charges to Air Malta, but added it cannot discriminate against other airlines (Times of Malta, 12-Jul-2011). Mr Jaeger insisted that MIA charges are in line with the European average. "We need Air Malta to have a future," he said, but an airline could not be saved just by cutting its local airport tariffs. The CEO expects the airport to handle 3.4 million passengers in 2011, a 3.2% year-on-year increase. Air Malta’s passenger numbers were up 2% in 1HY2011. Ryanair’s numbers increased 35% in the same period and easyJet’s increased 32%. Malta International’s traffic was up 13%, a good result in light of the Libyan crisis, Mr Jaeger said.