Malta’s Aviation Industry gears up to fight climate change

Malta’s aviation industry plans to grow  without further increasing emissions  from the year 2020 (carbon neutral growth), to contribute to the global fight against climate change.  Through the ICAO initiative CORSIA, the aviation industry is working to limit the amount of its carbon emissions to the 2020 level and will offset any further emissions over that level in the following years.

Human-generated Carbon Dioxide in the atmosphere is a major contributor to global warming, the climatic phenomenon that is wreaking havoc for the World’s climate, causing unprecedented extreme weather and weather-related natural disasters.  The aviation industry has agreed to a series of measures to reduce carbon dioxide and thus fight climate change in line with the aspirations of the Paris Agreement of the UNFCCC.

The initiative CORSIA stands for Carbon Offsetting and Reduction Scheme for International Aviation.   It is the first ever sector-wide carbon-ofsetting programme.  Starting this year, each operator will record the amount of CO2 emissions for every international flight.  The information recorded will be verified and submitted to the Competent Authority, who will collaborate with Transport Malta to validate it and who will in turn submit to ICAO’S central registry system.  The average of the total CO2 emissions of 2018 and 2019 will provide the baseline against which the excess carbon emissions will be calculated in the following years.  This excess will then need to be offset through the use of sustainable fuels or by buying credits from the carbon market, that is, contribute to projects that actively reduce carbon emissions.

CORSIA is a market based measure and is one of a variety of measures that the International Aviation industry is implementing to reduce carbon emissions and fight climate change.  ICAO actively encourages operational improvements, efficient routing, new aircraft technology and sustainable aviation fuels.

Earlier this week, Transport Malta gave an overview of the Corsia initiative during a workshop that the Malta Resources Authority organised for Airline Operators holding a Maltese licence. As an EU Member State, Maltese operators also take part in the EU Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS) and the workshop also updated the operators with the latest developments in the EU legislation relating to ETS and the European implementation of CORSIA

Skypeople from the UK sets up shop in Malta

Transport Malta has just approved Flypeople Limited, a subsidiary of the renowned Skypeople, as an organisation entitled to provide the attestation of initial cabin crew training. Skypeople is the leading independent provider of cabin crew training and boasts clients like British Airways and most major cariers.

Aspiring cabin crew members can now get the Initial Cabin Crew Training Attestation in Malta, independently from an airline. The successful completion of the course will give them an edge over competitors to join any European Airline. FlyPeople is the only organisation in Malta that specialises on Cabin Crew Training.

From left to right: Mr Shaun Waddingham – Commercial Director Fly People, Ms Collette de Stowe – Head of Training/Director Fly People, Ms Rachel Grech – Head of Personnel Licensing – TM, Mr Daniel Micallef – Inspecting Officer Flight Operations / Cabin Inspector –TM, Capt Charles Pace – Director General for Civil Aviation – Malta

The course, which will be offerred once a month, includes all the generic modules that an attestation given by an airline would provide, ranging from aviation regulation, passenger handling to emergency procedures and Aero medical first aid. Once employed, the cabin crew candidates only need to complete the airline and aircraft specific training.

Potential cabin crew personnel in possession of this attestation will be in a better position to be employed by an airline. They will save the airline training money and can prove their ability to outdo the compulsary tests, further convincing the airline of their ability to complete the training successfully. In short, it makes the applicant much more employable and much better placed than non-qualified applicants.

Bus 20+

All those who reach the age of between 14 and 20 years during the year 2019 can benefit from free public transport for the year.  Those who are older and are full time students can travel by bus for free as well.

The scheme is one of the measures of the Budget for 2019 and applies for normal day service, night service and special services.  You need to be in possession of a tallinja card to benefit, so if you don’t have one yet, register for a new card and the administration fee will be waived.  

Once in possession of a tallinja card, you will automatically benefit from the scheme and during the first week of each month you will be refunded the credit spent throughout the previous month.

Terms and Conditions

Free Travel for 14 – 20 year olds and 20+ Tallinja Student Card holders

1. Introduction

The “Free Travel for 14 – 20 year olds and 20+ Tallinja Student Card holders” Scheme (the “Scheme”) is an initiative launched by the Government of Malta and is one of the Government’s budget measures for 2019.

Through the Scheme those customers turning 14 to 20 during 2019, or holders of the Student Tallinja Card aged 21 years and above, will benefit from free travel on the public transport service offered by Malta Public Transport during 2019.

Customers will be refunded for the travel credit used in the previous month.

Any single individual may not benefit from more than €312 in credit refunds.

The Customer will no longer be eligible for the Scheme once the total spend of the individual customer reaches €312, or turns 21 in 2019, unless the customer holds a Student Tallinja Card.

2. Eligibility

2.1. The following holders of a Tallinja Card will be eligible for the scheme:

a. Customers who are 14, 15, 16, 17, 18 and 19 years old

b. Customers who will turn 14 years old in 2019 – Eligibility starts from their 14th birthday, and shall continue for a period of 12 months from when they turn 14.

c. Customers who are 20 years old – Eligibility ends on their 21st birthday in 2019.

d. Customers holding a Student Tallinja Card aged 21 and above.

2.2. Eligible customers must be in possession of one of these personalised tallinja cards: Student, Adult, Gozo or Concession Card to benefit from the scheme. For the sake of clarity, holders of a non-personalised card (Explore Adult, Explore Child and 12 Single Day Journeys) and holders of a cash ticket do not benefit from the Scheme.

2.3. Beneficiaries of the Scheme will travel on the public transport service for free if they possess a Student Tallinja Card, or on the day of their 14th birthday (those who are already 14 will start benefitting as of 1 January 2019) and ending on the 20th< birth year, 364th day at 23.59.59 hours.

2.4. All route types qualify for the Scheme including (but not limited to) day routes, night routes and special routes but exclude tallinja direct route or any trips on the Valletta Ferry Service.

2.5. New customers, those who are not in possession of a tallinja card yet, may still benefit from the Scheme but must first register for a new tallinja card by following the same process as for a normal registration. The new customer is only entitled to travel for free once in possession of the new tallinja card. Allowance must be made for the delivery of the tallinja card in the case of applications for a new tallinja card by non-tallinja card holders. No refunds in cash or credit may be claimed for the period between the customer’s 14thbirthday and the date of receipt of the tallinja card.

2.6. Registrations made at one of the Sales Offices will attract the standard administration fee of €10.00. The postage fee, minimum top up and standard administration fee upon registration shall also apply. The standard administration fee of €10 will be refunded as per clause 4.1 below.

3. Application for Scheme

3.1. The eligible customers who are in possession of a tallinja card will automatically start benefitting from the Scheme if they already have a Student Tallinja Card, or, with effect from their 14th birthday, or else from 1 January 2019 if they are already 14 but less than 21 years old (unless in possession of a Student tallinja card). The birthday that will be applied is the one in the database of Malta Public Transport which was submitted by the customer upon application for the tallinja card.

4. Refund of credit consumed whilst travelling

4.1.The €10 registration fee paid by customers who in 2019 applied for a tallinja card for the first time, will be refunded as credit on their card throughout the following month.

4.2. The customer will be refunded the credit consumed during the previous month. The credit consumed will be refunded to the customer’s card within the first 7 calendar days of the following month.

4.3. With regard to the first such refund in the case the customer is turning 14 in 2018, the customer’s card will be refunded the spend from the customer’s birthday up to and including the last day of the month. This shall go on up to the 15th birth year, 364th day at 23.59.59 hours.

4.4. With regard to the last such refund of the Scheme in the case of 20 year olds, the customer’s card will be refunded the credit from the beginning of the month up to the 20th birth year, 364th day at 23.59.59 hours, which refund shall be done up to the first 7 days of the following month.

4.5. The customer will be refunded only for chargeable trips. Transfers or trips made whilst in capping or other free trips will not be refunded.

4.6. The customer is responsible to ensure that the card has sufficient funds to travel.

5. Expiry

5.1. The Scheme will automatically end on the day before the customer turns 21 years old, unless terminated prematurely as explained in Clause 5.3. below.

5.2. Following expiration of the Scheme, any trip made by the customer will be charged as per the terms and conditions governing the use of the tallinja card.

5.3. The Scheme may be terminated prematurely in one of the following cases:

1. The customer spends €312.

2. The customer is deemed as making fraudulent transactions with his/her tallinja card.

6. Other Refunds

6.1. The customer may claim a refund if the tallinja card develops a fault which prevents the customer from benefitting from the Scheme and, as a result, the customer must purchase cash tickets on the bus. Such tickets will be refunded in full following the free replacement of the faulty tallinja card. Refunds will be credited to the customer’s tallinja card. No cash refunds will be given. In such cases, no other compensation will be given.

6.2. The customer may not claim a refund for any cash tickets purchased in the following cases:

  1. If the tallinja card develops a fault as a result of misuse or the card is lost or the card is stolen or the card has reached its type expiry and card has not been updated or the customer is otherwise prevented from benefitting from the Scheme.

2. If the customer is a holder of a Student Tallinja Card which has an active €55 Student Pass at the time of application for the Scheme AND the customer is no longer eligible for a student card following the expiration of the Scheme, the customer is not entitled to a refund on a pro-rata basis based on the number of days remaining until the expiration of the Student Pass.

3. If a customer is a holder of a Student tallinja card which has an active €55 Student Pass, the balance of remaining days till the expiry of the pass will be lost and will not be refunded.

4. If the Scheme is prematurely terminated.

In order to apply for a refund, the cash ticket purchased on the bus must either be left at one of Malta Public Transport Sales Offices in Victoria Terminus, Bugibba Terminus, Malta International Airport Arrivals Hall, Valletta Terminus or Sliema Ferries Sales Office, or else sent to:

Customer Care Dept.

Malta Public Transport Services (Operations) Ltd.,

Mdina Road,

Qormi