The Malta Independent 19 April 2024, Friday
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MHRA acknowledges Air Malta's legacy and welcomes the dawn of KM Malta Airlines

Tuesday, 2 April 2024, 09:53 Last update: about 16 days ago

As Air Malta bids farewell after 50 years of service, the Malta Hotels and Restaurants Association (MHRA) on Tuesday paid homage to its profound impact on Malta's tourism industry and broader economy. Since its inception, Air Malta has been a cornerstone of economic growth and social progress, facilitating vital connectivity for the island nation, the MHRA said in a statement.

Tony Zahra, President of MHRA, reflected on Air Malta's journey, expressing both pride and regret. "MHRA has been privileged to witness Air Malta's pivotal role in shaping Malta's economic and social landscape," Zahra remarked. "However, it saddens us that Air Malta, once cherished as a national asset, was at times exploited for short-term gain, ultimately leading to its unfortunate closure."


Despite the challenges faced in closing down Air Malta, Zahra commends all those involved in the transition for orchestrating a seamless transition to KM Malta Airlines. "The birth of KM Malta Airlines marks a new chapter in Malta's aviation history," he states. "MHRA extends its gratitude to everyone involved for navigating the complex transition process with commendable professionalism."

Looking ahead, Zahra emphasizes MHRA's steadfast support for Malta's new national carrier. "As we embrace the future with KM Malta Airlines, MHRA reaffirms its commitment to safeguarding our national airline," he asserts. "While other airlines play a vital role in our tourism sector, the national airline remains our lifeline, ensuring connectivity and resilience in the face of economic uncertainties and challenges, as exemplified during the COVID-19 pandemic."

MHRA said it looks forward to collaborating closely with KM Malta Airlines and stakeholders to ensure its continued success and contribution to Malta's prosperity.


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