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Victor G.Mercieca

Victor G.Mercieca

MIA Long Land lease of our only Airport is counterproductive & goes against our Sovereign state for such a vital gateway to World!. Vienna Airports have never invested in a Master Plan for the entire Airfield, during the last 15 years mostly it was done in an Adhoc Crisis management method. Now General Aviation Park 1 will go to cargo warehousing ...Indeed the Heavy Aircraft Park 4 (I believe 50% Released to MIP) must be retained, built it at SAP!

01/11/2017

Gerald Goodwin

Gerald Goodwin

kraaifontein weather Good article Paul, but this day and age,its a case of "I want so I take " regardless of any future consequences.

01/11/2017

Tony Borg

Tony Borg

Great piece Paul !! With some more info it would have been excellent. The problems started way before 7 years ago. With no foresight Hal Far air field was destroyed to make way for the factories. We could have shifted the small private aircrafts there. Chopping our options to sell MIA was never a good idea. The small original military Runway at Luqa 05, is still crying for maintenance let alone upgrading it to the same level as 31 - 13, the main one. Had the flying coffin crash landed on the main runway we would have ended up with a destroyed Touristic season for the whole island. Giving away land around the airport for to private businesses is also a big shortsightedness, since Airport expansions will be highly limited for the future. Destroying Park 4 will be another of our options chopped off.

01/11/2017

MARIO CASSAR

MARIO CASSAR

kraaifontein MIA 'industry leader'? You must be joking. MIA is interested in building more Skyparks and generating revenue from retail outlets and offices more than anything else. Perhaps you should see the figures of how much MIA spends on purely aviation matters and how much it invests in creating more space for retail shops and offices. Then, and only then will you learn where MIA's interests are. You may also want to check how many employees are focussed on aviation and the number employed for non-aviation matters at MIA. And now, Mr Expert, tell us which airport would build on an existing laid-out heavy aircraft ramp instead of besides it. There is no room to build besides Park 4 so to destroy a ramp when parking space is already a headache is pure suicide and just shows how much of an 'industry leader' MIA is. It's more like Missing In Action then anything else. As a purely commercial entity MIA should build its own aircraft parking ramps not destroy existing ones purely for its profits. It also had the cheek to ask for government money to pave an existing perimeter road and soon will go begging for government funds to build ramps after it 'sold' Park 4.

01/11/2017

Clive Aquilina Spagnol

Clive Aquilina Spagnol

The offices built at Xatt l-Ghassara tat-Gheneb were for the Malta Maritime Authority and it was an excellent move (rather than a mistaken one) for a maritime regulator to be situated in the heart of maritime activity. Can we imagine the Civil Aviation Directorate located anywhere else and not in Luqa? Of course one can but there will be practical issues to say the least. The mistake at the Marsa creek was only committed later when the building, built with the maritime industry in mind, was allocated to the then new Transport Malta, regulating land transport from therein as well.

31/10/2017

Christopher Scicluna

Christopher Scicluna

Well argued, prosit. Building on this space would be folly. The same mistake was made at Grand Harbour where, despite the lack of hinterland for cargo storage, offices were built right on the water's edge (for Transport Malta at the time) when they could have been buit elsewhere. In that case, warehousing facilities were eventually developed between Kalafrana and Ha Far, but as Paul points out, building on this apron would leave Malta without alternatives for aircraft.

31/10/2017

Ri Mifsud

Ri Mifsud

Not to mention where should an aircraft carrying hazardous cargo would be parked if not in Park 4!

31/10/2017

Clive Aquilina Spagnol

Clive Aquilina Spagnol

Whilst the growth forecasts are not to be brushed aside, the doubling of air transport passengers by 2035 is a global forecast, with different geographical world regions registering different shares of growth. It does not automatically mean that by 2035 MIA - as Malta's international gateway - will process double the passengers it is processing. One must not also forget that forecasts remain forecasts, irrespective of the issuer. Using past industry experience as a guide, I am convinced that along the way in their 18 year time-frame, the published forecasts of today (which are plenty) have to be re-aligned. In addition, it does not mean that the related global infrastructure has to double in size. Other measures are adopted by airports worldwide in handling more traffic with the same infrastructural size. Aircraft parking charges policies are one way how to handle growing traffic volumes. I am no spokesman for MIA, but as a professional in the airline/airport industry, I am more than certain that MIA as an industry leader in Malta has its own reliable traffic projections pertaining specifically to Malta, and its own regularly updated plans how to handle local future growth. This without compromising its own regulatory compliance with international standards, and its capability to handle any eventuality on a national level.

31/10/2017

Joe Borg

Joe Borg

One can also add the simulator hangar being built within the precincts of Air Malta's former head office. This land, together with part of the AFM assault course is immedeatly adjacent to the runway/airport and is ideal for airport future expansion, including taxiways and building of a second terminal (low cost?), car parks etc. With this white elephant now in the midst, this has just become more problematic. The simulator hangar does not need to be at the airport in the first place, and was a myopic decision. In fact it would have been better located closer to hotels, say for example the San Gwann industial estate, which would have been an ideal location.

31/10/2017

speedbird

speedbird

Well said Paul.

31/10/2017

Matthew Grech

Matthew Grech

Great piece Paul!

31/10/2017

winifred ann watson

winifred ann watson

We have been saying this for years and since most of those at the very head in this Country seem to be biggest ones then what you are saying is merely water on a ducks back. Start in Government, then castrate rapists, then fast track murderers etc and send them to jail better still drop them down an unused mine shaft and forget about them. Did they care about the people they murdered....I dont believe so, then why must me care about them.

27/10/2017

mike

mike

Since the new sheriff hit the town he has not been able to rustle up a posse to round up the baddies or even chase them out of town. Maybe the hosses are still in the stables and the baddies have the keys for the jailhouse. No smokin' gun just smokin' cigars in the saloon keeping the good folks happy.

26/10/2017

Trog05

Trog05

weather You and I are on the same page, 'ed, but unfortunately the world is not yet ready for us.

26/10/2017

'ed

'ed

Given the sheer volume, it might just be easier to designate certain parts of the country as "safe" areas for privileged members of the population. Then policing can simply focus on those areas instead of the whole country... (wink)

25/10/2017

Lydetekta

Lydetekta

What is he doing about the Guptas and other criminals such as his boss? No charges, no arrests. Although they may well have too many rights, as Zuma has aptly demonstrated through his abuse of the court process this is a case of not having to exercise those rights because they don't need to if the police don't investigate or proceed with charges.

25/10/2017

IH

IH

Long a moot point - For example protestors: They can engage in criminal activities such as destroying public property by burning tyres on a tarred road, loot the shops of people, violate the constitutional right of persons to go to work by blocking roads so that they cannot pass, burning trains, etc. Yet the police seem powerless to do anything about this, because the right to protest seems to a supreme right that negates any subsequent criminal activity.

25/10/2017

Trog05

Trog05

Okay, please just remember that someone only becomes a criminal after a court has decided that he is one. I'm not a criminal just because some brain-dead incompetent arsehole in a uniform thinks I should be one. Secondly, I don't really care how many rights they have. Just catch them, convict them and stuff them into jail. That is all I ask of you. (You will have to build many, many, many more jails).

25/10/2017

congokurt

congokurt

but if the criminals rights get taken away will the president and all his cabinet also lose their rights?

25/10/2017

IanMCB

IanMCB

Zero tolerance - hahahahahahh!!!! The criminals are crippled with laughter.

25/10/2017

Simon Chilo

Simon Chilo

Usanyeperwe mwari haasekwe

30/10/2017

Simon Chilo

Simon Chilo

Galatians 6:7 (NKJV) 7 Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap.

30/10/2017

Sifelani Mzambi

Sifelani Mzambi

Kupenga , mbanje dzegadzega. Rimweni zuva uchasangane naye Jesu. My brother that name is Holy!!!

30/10/2017

ruru wemhiriino

ruru wemhiriino

Hhhhhhh shame mmm

30/10/2017

Abraham Lincoln

Abraham Lincoln

If y'all need an impartial mediator then jes holler and ill come running.....☆☆

31/10/2017

Abraham Lincoln

Abraham Lincoln

The Spanish Inquisition and Franco's era didn't work for Spain. The message is that Violence doesnt work.Time to try the diplomatic approach..... There can be a negotiated settlement that works for both sides. Learn from history. Don't keep making the same mistakes

31/10/2017

Abraham Lincoln

Abraham Lincoln

Spain shouldnt violently clamp down on the Catalans. There is enough room for a diplomatic solution. Legal or military oppression of the Catalans will just lead to a no-win situation for both sides. Put the machismo aside please. Sit around a table and LISTEN to each others point of view and needs. It can be done. Dont escalate the situation

31/10/2017

ggeldenhuys

ggeldenhuys

Typical Apple - late to the game, and then make as if they invented it first. I have been using facial unlock on my Google Nexus 4 phone since 2013. Nothing new to see here! All I can say to Apple is.... Welcome to the party. Rather late than never.

05/10/2017

HarD

HarD

He took his title to a whole new level :)

15/11/2016

Johan

Johan

Then Nigel Farage is correct in labeling the European Parliamentarians as a bunch of wankers not even to mention the Commissioners.

15/11/2016