The Malta Independent 19 May 2022, Thursday

Gozo airfield 'not commercially viable' - Alfred Sant

Thursday, 12 May 2022, 07:27 Last update: about 7 days ago

Former Labour Prime Minister and leader Alfred Sant said he is "unconvinced" on the idea of having an airfield in Gozo.


"I remain unconvinced by the proposal for Gozo to develop an airport able to receive arrivals of planes from Malta carrying up to 11 passengers. That same load can be carried by a reasonably sized helicopter," he writes in his bi-weekly column on The Malta Independent today.

It will soon be discovered that the project as framed is not commercially viable and that there will be a need to enlarge the airport, step up the size of the airplane in use and so on and so forth.

Meanwhile, agricultural land will again be taken up as new commercial buildings will arise and remain there after the project has gone bankrupt, he said.

Last week, Gozo Minister Clint Camilleri revealed the government’s plans for an extension to the Xewkija helipad with a 450m runway for small aircraft.

Speaking in a press conference, Camilleri said that a public consultation regarding the plans for the Gozo airfield has been launched for the public’s views.

See Alfred Sant's article in full here



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