Malta has had the honour of hosting its first European Aviation Authorities’ Chief Medical Officers’ (CMO) Forum. This forum together with Malta’s Presidency of the Council of the European Union, makes it a most memorable occasion.

The Forum convenes every 6 months and its scope is to provide an opinion to the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) regarding health regulations governing pilots and air traffic controllers, ultimately aiming to further enhance safety in air travel.

In the opening speech to the forum the Maltese Minister for Transport and Infrastructure Joe Mizzi provided much insight to Malta’s flourishing Aviation sector and described it as fast becoming a major contributor to the country’s ever-growing economy.

The Island’s robust and modern legislative framework, straightforward registration procedure as well as its attentive and efficient service provided by the Civil Aviation Directorate of Transport Malta, has contributed heavily towards the sectors rapid expansion. Due to these distinctive qualities Minister Mizzi described Malta as now being recognised as an address for the registration of both corporate and private jets, with over 220 aircraft on its register and close to 30 operators being holders of a Maltese AOC (Air Operator’s Certificate). The minister added that the maintenance and repair sectors within the industry are also growing at a comparably fast rate.

Minister Mizzi emphasised that during a relatively short span of time, the island has managed to build a cluster of highly respected and well-recognised companies which have chosen to set up or alternatively base their operations in Malta. The Island has consequently developed a broad range of supporting aviation services, hosting firms catering for engineering services, crew training, communications, finance and legal services, which is well positioning Malta to become a leader in this respect.

The Minister also added, “the Maltese government is committed to continue developing the aviation industry’s research and development sector in order to permit the country to retain a competitive lead on a global scale.”

With the worldwide aviation industry growing at a remarkably fast rate, Malta looks forward to continue expanding its already impressive aviation cluster by attracting more aircraft companies to set up their business in Malta as well as related ancillary services.