Malta Air, company within Ryanair Group, will be the 37th airline operator registered in Malta
The Civil Aviation Directorate (CAD) within Transport Malta announced that Malta Air has been awarded an Air Operator Certificate (AOC) and Air Operator License (AOL) to become the 37th. air operator operator to select Malta as their jurisdiction of choice. Malta Air is a subsidiary of Europe’s largest airline Ryanair.
The airline will be based in Malta and other countries within the European Union.
Ryanair Chief Executive Officer, Michael O’Leary, said that Ryanair is pleased to welcome Malta Air to the Ryanair Group of airlines. Malta Air will proudly fly the Maltese name and flag to over 60 destinations across Europe and North Africa as we look to grow our Maltese-based fleet, routes, traffic and jobs over the next three years.
O’Leary said that Ryanair appreciates the expertise of the Maltese Civil Aviation Directorate in licensing Malta Air to operate the B737 aircraft and look forward to working closely with the Maltese Transport Authority over the coming years with the aim of adding over 50 more aircraft to the Maltese register.
Captain Charles Pace, Director General of the Civil Aviation Directorate within Transport Malta, stated he is thrilled with this announcement and would like to thank Ryan Air and Malta Air for choosing Malta.
He went on to thank Minister Ian Borg and Chairman Joseph Bugeja for their support. A special thanks goes to the CAD employees for their efforts in processing the application over the last three months of intensive review. CAD looks forward to a long and prosperous relationship with Malta Air and to push for further growth in the Malta Aviation Cluster. He added that although a lot of work has already been done by the Directorate, the coming months will see much more activity with additional aircraft being added to the registry, making Malta Air one of the major airlines in Europe.
The first aircraft will be registered as B738 S/N 44782 bearing registration marks 9H-QAA.