PM must not abdicate from Air Malta’s responsibility – AD
Alternattiva Demokratika Chairperson Prof. Arnold Cassola said that Prime Minister Joseph Muscat has declared that he has kept in place the whole Air Malta management as appointed by a PN government so that if the airline goes bust the workers can go and ask Tonio Fenech for satisfaction.
“This is no way for the Prime Minister to address the issue. Air Malta might be in its present predicament because of the ineptitude of the previous Nationalist government, but the Prime Minister today is Joseph Muscat and he must not shirk off his responsibility. Air Malta is a time bomb waiting to explode and Dr Joseph Muscat must manifest his respect towards the Air Malta workers by convincing them, and the whole Maltese population, that he is really taking the bull by the horns," Prof. Cassola said.
Carmel Cacopardo, AD Deputy Chairperson, added that Government must lay its cards on the table. In particular it is expected to be clear as to whether it is planning to privatise Air Malta as well as to whether it has a strategic partner in mind.
“AD expects Government to proceed differently from the way it did in the Enemalta Corporation privitisation as a result of which China has a 35% share of Malta’s Energy Corporation. If it selects the privitisation path it should enter negotiations with different companies after a public call for expressions of interest in order to get the best deal for the benefit of Air Malta workers, for the tourist industry and for the Maltese islands,” said Mr Cacopardo.