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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

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

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

eduard

eduard

Just another evil edomitejew.

09/11/2016

Owen in Durban

Owen in Durban

Crook here in South Africa, whites always voted for the NP up until de Klerk arrived on the scene.

08/11/2016

Pule' Carmel

Pule' Carmel

With all these new ways for Maltese people to earn a living, no parent is heard telling the children, " Son, go and learn a trade!"

31/10/2017

ANTHONY PAVIA

ANTHONY PAVIA

Exactly! Except for the brazan fact that there were attempts to manipulate it in such a way to harm Malta and its economy, whilst putting Malta in a bad light.

31/10/2017

stephen koludrovic

stephen koludrovic

The Americans were asked to choose between a Lady Macbeth and a ginger head loud mouthed clown. They seem to have preferred the clown. Blaming Russia is only showing how pathetic they have become.

31/10/2017

Francis Farrugia

Francis Farrugia

Sometimes it is better to shut up rather show what you are.

31/10/2017

Henry S Pace

Henry S Pace

' he was planning to return to Malta ' BEWARE.

31/10/2017

john zammit

john zammit

Hold your horses.???

31/10/2017

Wally Vella-Żarb

Wally Vella-Żarb

Yes and, conversely, it is a delectable story for those who DO want to give it a political tint!

31/10/2017

Lillian Smith

Lillian Smith

Why the US need to demonize Russia? First it was Communism and the USSR, then Islamic terrorism. Now terrorism is getting a bit thin, and we are back to evil Putin and Russia, even though it is Capitalist now. And most people, with the lowered 15 points in I.Q. (studies are suggesting that modern people have lost 15 I.Q. points since intelligence started to be measured) gobble it all up.

31/10/2017

Paul Attard

Paul Attard

Time will tell

31/10/2017

J Xerri

J Xerri

Yes it is a non- story for those who do not want to give it a political tint.

31/10/2017

Anthony DeGiovanni

Anthony DeGiovanni

As I had said earlier on this was a non story

31/10/2017

PacificaRose

PacificaRose

Germans need to stop accusing Germans of being Nazis, and using Nazi tactics. Only then will they develop some pride in who they are, enough to save themselves and their country, against their fifth columnists.

27/10/2017

fidza

fidza

is he imitating makandiwa's voice and style of preaching?

25/10/2017

Tdi Wande

Tdi Wande

Precious Peajay Dube

25/10/2017

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25/10/2017

Choto Ellay

Choto Ellay

The pastor is right.

25/10/2017

uMkhonto

uMkhonto

Ray its easy for you to critisise these guys with knowing the following: 1. Matebeleland has been neglected by government for a looong time. Jobs are not given to locals but to people from Harare. 2. Example go to the local Matebeleland police stations or government offices and request a service in the local language (Ndebele, Kalanga, Nambya, Tonga, Venda) they will tell you they can't hear you. Instead they will want to force locals to speak in Shona. 3. Companies being deliberately closed down in Matebeleland and being re-openned in Harare. 4. Deliberate tribal firing of locals and the importation of labour from Harare. 5. This is just a few examples of the marginalisation suffered by people of Matebeleland. 6. This is the reality suffered.

02/11/2017

ZVAZVIRI22

ZVAZVIRI22

Teach them the Spanish lesson;the world does not pay attention to such nonsense.

31/10/2017

Ray Mbada

Ray Mbada

These guys have one problem of regionalism. There is no political agenda in their dull minds but regionalism. That Moyo is Dhehwa and Ncube is our Soko Mukanya but geographical set up has forced confusion on them like that by the force of gravity. They dislike and dream of deserting their own people with most of them thinking they are more S-African than they are Zimbabwean.

31/10/2017