The Malta Independent 22 September 2021, Wednesday

PN pledges to consider reinstating air connectivity between Malta and Gozo

Janet Fenech Monday, 2 August 2021, 17:35 Last update: about 3 months ago

The PN have pledged to eradicate the ever-pervading obstacles of accessibility to Malta from the minds of Gozitans.

The party’s Gozo spokesperson Chris Said, the MP Joe Ellis and the candidate Alex Borg on Monday addressed a press conference outlining further party pledges for the island.

The speakers unanimously expressed their dissatisfaction with the ‘far too few’ initiatives taken in this regard by the Labour Government.

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They argued that moreover, the PL has been a threat to the viability of the proposed tunnel service between the islands; both in taking four years to restart the studies on said project (when instead considering a bridge connection instead), never holding a referendum for the project or at least published the results of the foreseen impacts of the project from the studies they supposedly carried out.

Furthermore, the speakers condemned the PL’s delay in kicking off the fast ferry service, saying that they had nonetheless “washed their hands of it and left it in private hands at the last minute and meanwhile rented a 35-year-old ship as an additional Gozo channel ferry”.

Thus, in keeping with this topic, on their part, the Nationalist party pledges to carry out the following once elected:

1. Enlarge the port of Mgarr to meet the needs of passengers and create more parking space.

2. Provide two new ships, one for passengers and one dedicated to cargo; thus introducing a cargo service to the Grand Harbour.

3. Consider air services between the two islands

4. Continue to ensure all the necessary studies be carried out on the tunnel between Malta and Gozo.

5. Consult with the Gozitan people through a referendum on any connectivity project between Malta and Gozo.

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