The Malta Independent 19 August 2019, Monday

Air Malta to operate relief flight for Maltese children stranded in Denmark; employee suspended

Monday, 15 July 2019, 13:27 Last update: about 2 months ago

Air Malta will be operating an unscheduled flight from Denmark after Maltese passengers were stranded there.

A government statement said that it has come to the attention of the Ministry for Tourism that a group of travellers, mainly Maltese children, were left stranded in Aalborg Denmark, after the private charter operator allegedly failed to meet its obligations and the return flight to Malta was not operated.

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Minister Konrad Mizzi has directed Air Malta to operate a relief flight to support the families and children involved.

In a statement, the airline said it was not aware of the charter operation until the request for assistance was received.

The group should be returning to Malta early on Tuesday morning, it confirmed. 

"Air Malta commits to doing its utmost to repatriate the group back to Malta in spite of the significant operational challenges faced due to the currently busy summer schedule," the statement said.

Air Malta said one of its employees has been suspended pending investigation once it was brought to airline’s attention that he could have been potentially involved in the case on a private basis.

 

According to reports, the individual set up the charter flights with the private company that has since defaulted and become unable to honour its commitments. 

 


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