Malta, also known as the Republic of Malta, is an archipelago of islands in the Mediterranean Sea and a member of the European Union. It is regarded as being in Southern Europe. It is located 333 kilometers north of Libya, 284 km east of Tunisia, and 80 km south of Sicily (Italy).
The two official languages are Maltese and English, while 66% of the country’s present residents can at least have a basic conversation in Italian.
The capital, Valletta, is the smallest national capital in the European Union.
Malta’s location has historically given it great strategic importance as a naval base, and a succession of powers, including the Phoenicians, Romans, Moors, Normans, Sicilians, Spanish, Knights of St. John, French and British, have ruled the islands.
Being an island, air transport connectivity is crucial.
Malta’s beautiful beaches and resorts, coupled with mild winters, make it a desirable destination, and consequently, a vibrant business aviation market has developed.
Moreover, this country is a very attractive jurisdiction for aircraft registration. Firstly, it is the first European Member State to ratify the Cape Town Convention and Aircraft Protocol for the registration of international interests on aircraft, making it easier to obtain financing.
Secondly, Malta has a flexible taxation regime for the acquisition of private jets, allowing for big savings on VAT when registered in the country. And thirdly, Malta’s corporate tax is very reasonable for non-resident investors, reducing to just 5 percent of the net annual income.
Additionally, the cost of living in Malta is much lower than the average European country, making it economically feasible to hire staff to establish operations there.
In this article, we will review some of the main aspects of operating your business aircraft in Malta
When it comes to business aviation Malta is no longer the new kid on the block but is a serious jurisdiction well-considered in the industry, whether it is aircraft owners, financiers, manufacturers, aircraft managers, or operators.
The Maltese Civil Aviation Authority boasts itself as one of the most approachable authorities in Europe, available 24/7. One of the major challenges for the authority has been to absorb the good growth in the industry and this has been done extremely well through aggressive employment and investing in new facilities.
The mission of the Malta Business Aviation Association (MBAA) is to foster excellence and professionalism among its members so they may provide best-in-class operational efficiency and safety while also advocating for their interests at all levels in Malta and, ultimately, throughout Europe. The MBAA will work to ensure that business aviation is acknowledged as an essential component of the Maltese economy and aviation infrastructure.
There are many obstacles to overcome, and as the jurisdiction expands, more human resources will be needed in both the public and commercial sectors. Malta, on the other hand, has a reputation for being a generally secure, multicultural culture and has recently risen significantly on the list of top destinations for ex-pats. Being an island has its challenges, primarily amongst these is connectivity and the aviation sector plays a principal role in this challenge.
Since the performance of the jurisdiction is important to both the public and private sectors, every effort will be made to ensure that it continues to be successful.
The efficiency, authorities in Malta are knowledgeable about the industry and may assist with goal-setting. It’s not unlike when we buy a car, we want to get it on the road as soon as possible. When a businessman buys an aircraft, they want to start making use of it right away.
Malta guarantees that better than any other jurisdiction. Because of this, Malta is currently Europe’s Fifth-largest jurisdiction in this industry.
Malta international airport (MLA) is the only airport in Malta and it serves the whole of the Maltese islands. The airport is located 5 km (3.1 mi) southwest of the capital, Valletta.
It is located in the town of Luqa on the island of Malta, southwest of Valletta, and occupies the location of the former Royal Air Force Luqa (RAF Luqa). In addition to being a base for Ryanair and its subsidiary Malta Air, the airport acts as the primary hub for Air Malta and Medavia. The Area Control Center and the yearly Malta Airshow are both located there. Malta International Airport plc runs the airport.
A single passenger terminal at the airport opened for business on March 25, 1992.
By 2020, freight will mostly replace the existing Luqa terminal, which was replaced. General passenger services, as well as the management of a wide array of retail services at the airport, including airside and landside stores, restaurants, and other outlets, are all included in the operations of Malta International Airport’s air terminal and are all run under concession agreements.
The La Valette Club is the only VIP lounge available at the airport. The airport is home to several maintenance facilities, notably those run by SR Technics and Lufthansa Technik.
All aircraft at Malta’s airport park in remote positions, as there are no aerobridges in the terminal. The airport can accommodate any type of aircraft, with the only exception being the AN225. With good parking places, Malta airport is often used to reposition aircraft when there is not enough parking available in the airports of southern Italy.
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Operators that need permission to fly over Malta’s territorial airspace or operate to/from Malta International Airport must apply for and get overflight/landing clearances from the Duty Management Office (DMO) at the Civil Aviation Directorate (CAD).
On routes within the Community, Community air carriers and operators are allowed to use their traffic rights without obtaining permission. But advance notice is necessary.
Community air carriers/operators need an operating license or prior clearance for flights beyond the European Economic Area (EEA). The EEA is made up of the EU along with Iceland, Liechtenstein, and Norway.
In some countries where the Civil Aviation Authorities (CAA) are only permitted to process permits through local agents, we have a very professional local representative team available to support our valued customers so that we would be able to arrange landing permits on short notice period. We have direct contacts with the CAA throughout the world. Contact Us
Non-community air carriers and operators must get prior authorization or an operating permit before operating flights.
All flights that must land in Malta must receive approval or notification from the DMO via the contact information listed below, along with the information and documents below. In some cases, requests or alerts from outside handling agents or flight support organizations working for the operator are also accepted.
Non-community air carriers and operators should also include Valid copies of the following papers:
In rare cases, the CAD may exempt a microlight pilot or operator from complying with any of the aforementioned requirements and may do so by placing any other extra requirements that may be appropriate.
Applications for authorization to enter or leave Malta, or to fly over Maltese territory, must be submitted to the DMO at least fifteen (15) working days before the trip.
To overfly Malta’s territorial airspace, civil aircraft with registration from a country that has not ratified the Chicago Convention or aircraft with unusual airworthiness certificates need authorization. The DMO must receive an authorization request to conduct such flights no later than 72 hours before the proposed trip. A flight plan notice is necessary for all other flights.
Note: Officially there are “No CAA Processing Fees” applied for the issuance of Malta Overflight Permits.
To assist in fulfilling the Malta airspace flight clearances criteria, our qualified flight support team offers extensive international travel support services.
You can get in touch with us, and our staff will send you a full overflight permission price within five minutes.
The main ground handlers are Air Malta and AviaServe (previously Globe Ground).
There is no real FBO as in other main European capitals. However, there is a VIP lounge in the airport and can be used by business travelers for payment of an extra fee of around 180 Euros.
Some business aviation handlers provide over-wing supervision services in Malta: DC Aviation Malta, Executive Aviation, and Medavia. DC Aviation Malta has a dispatch office on the land side of the airport, and another office on the ramp on the airside of the airport for crew rest. Executive Handling also has an office on the ramp. Additionally, they both have their limousine cars on the ramp.
The services provided to the aircraft, passengers, and crew on the airport ramp and air side of the terminal should be coordinated and overseen by a supervisory local flight support firm with agents.
Crew visas are issued upon arrival on GenDec (General Declaration) and they will be usually valid for a limited period of up to 72 hours.
Several fuel supplier exists in MLA, AEG, Q8 Aviation, and Sky Tanking, but the main ones are Enemed (Previously ENEMALTA) Contrary to other European countries, Malta does not apply VAT to aviation fuel, for both commercial AOC holder operators, and the same goes for private flights as well.
Even though Malta imports all of its oil requirements, there is no fuel shortage experienced in the country.
We can offer you affordable and high-quality aviation fuel services at all of Malta’s major airports since iJET has relationships with regional and significant aviation fuel suppliers in Malta.
Cars are driven on the left, so driving is not recommended if you’re coming from a country that drives on the right (It happened to me as I rented a car and returned it after just 15 minutes!).
Although the island is small, rush-hour traffic is very heavy, and it can take more than an hour for a drive that should otherwise take less than 15 minutes.
While the quality of local taxis in the airport is good, and drivers generally speak acceptable English, it’s better to have your chauffeured transportation previously arranged through your international trip planning or transportation providers, or local ground handler, as the taxi queue in the airport may take a fairly long time.
Due to the touristic economy of Malta, good-quality hotels are available in the country. Many international hotel chains have properties in Malta, such as Hilton, Intercontinental, the Westin, Radisson Blu, and Le Meridien, with room rates per night ranging from 150 to 250 Euros.
The Corinthia Maltese hotel group also has some good hotels on the island: Corinthia St. George and Corinthia Marina in the St. Julian area two good hotels to stay in, with room rates per night ranging from 120 to 140 Euros per room per night for bed and breakfast, including tax.
The Maltese government has been very active in attracting foreign investment to the country over the past years, and this is reflected in a positive result in the Maltese economy, which didn’t suffer from the economic crisis like the rest of Southern Europe. The unemployment rate is one of the lowest in Europe as well.
The government of Malta has introduced the Individual Investor Programme, which is a citizenship by investment program allowing reputable applicants who can share their talent, expertise, and business connections to acquire Maltese citizenship, after meeting certain conditions and after a thorough due diligence process.
All the above factors lead to increasing business aviation operations movement towards Malta.
To make sure your trip to Malta goes well, iJET will see to it that all of your flight support needs are satisfied. Effective ground handling services, prompt permit acquisition, and careful trip planning are all necessary for a smooth and on-time flight.