Updated: Arriva dismisses as speculation departure plans from Malta
Arriva dismissed claims made by a blogger that it would be pulling out of Malta possibly by the end of March.
Blogger and coloumnist, Daphne Caruana Galizia, this morning wrote that she was informed that bus-operator Arriva is pulling out of Malta as soon as it can, possibly by as early as March. "It could reach no agreement with the government, which is not surprising, given Joe Mizzi’s obtuse approach and the prime minister’s comments which suggest that he doesn’t want them to stay," Ms Caruana Galizia wrote.
Contacted by di-ve.com, Arriva said that it does not comment on speculation and negotiations with government are ongoing. Asked on the plans beyond March 2014, Arriva's spokesman said that it would be gearing up for the summer schedule.
Arriva and Transport Malta have been in discussion for several weeks after no agreement was reached on the payments that should be made to the bus company by government following a proposed change in routes which will add around one million kilometres to the current service.
Transport Minister Joe Mizzi did not rule out the eventual departure of Arriva from Malta in October as negotiations between the transport company and the government as a solution to the current impasse.