On Thursday (today), the Federation of English Language Teaching Organisations in Malta (FELTOM) despite welcoming with satisfaction the news that Malta will retain an independent national airline, expressed concerns about the decrease in specific flight routes and available aircraft.

FELTOM viewed the announcement of a new national airline as a positive step in preserving Malta’s connectivity and enhancing its economic prospects. “The new national airline is poised to, not only catalyse growth, but also serve as a vital contributor to Malta’s overall economic prosperity. As a national air carrier, it holds a unique position in fostering the interests of our nation’s advancement and development,” FELTOM believes.

Nevertheless, FELTOM argued that the English language teaching sector and Malta’s tourism industry, heavily rely on robust airline connections. “The sustainability of our growth depends significantly on strengthening this connectivity. The discontinuation of the Lisbon route, a crucial connecting hub for South American travellers, is a matter of particular concern,” FELTOM added.

Furthermore, FELTOM stated that unanswered questions still remain with regards to the national carrier’s potential participation in airline alliances, and whether suitable arrangements have been made to accommodate unaccompanied minors, “a historically essential service for young solo travellers.”

FELTOM concluded that it will remain steadfast in its commitment to collaborate with all relevant stakeholders at such a pivotal moment. Especially, “to address these concerns in order to ensure a positive outcome that benefits all parties involved.”

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