Malta Air Traffic Services (MATS) has reinstated the former Royal Air Force (RAF) aeroplane ‘Park 6’ after 44 years of misuse, Claude Mallia announced on Monday. 

Mr Mallia, Chief Executive Officer of MATS, explained that after consultations with airport management, MATS performed “crucial” geo-technical investigations and conducted necessary maintenance to ensure the surface adheres to international aviation standards.

“Comprehensive procedures were established in conjunction with Malta International Airport (MIA) plc to enable safe aircraft movement in and out of the Park,” Mr Mallia added.

He explained that Park 6 has now been transformed into “a versatile aircraft parking facility” suitable for both short and long-term usage. “This was achieved through the concentrated efforts of MATS, the Safety, the Quality Security and Compliance Section (SQSC), the Civil Aviation Directorate (CAD) – Aerodrome Inspectorate and MIA plc.”

Mr Mallia concluded that MATS’ commitment is to emphasise the importance of environmental awareness and responsible land usage in aerodrome management.

MATS is Malta’s air navigation service provider. It provides air traffic services to aircraft flying in Malta Flight Information Region (lower and upper), search and rescue services as well as terminal and aerodrome services for MIA. MATS is also certified under the provision of the Single European Sky (SES).

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Source: CEO Claude Mallia, on LinkedIn

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