Malta International Airport plc (MIA) on Monday secured the appointments of Karl Dandler as Chief Financial Officer (CFO) and Justine Baldacchino as Head of Sustainability and Analytics, in preparation for what has been described as a “critical juncture” for the company.
Mr Dandler has had his term as CFO extended until 1st September 2025, having first been named in the position in 2015. He has previously held top leadership positions within the aviation industry, including at Austrian Airlines, Kosice International Airport, and Ukraine International Airlines.
MIA shared that his understanding of economics and the aviation industry were “crucial” to the formulation of its strategy to preserve cash flow during the COVID-19 pandemic and to “successfully navigate” the crisis.
He is also a Member of the company’s Board of Directors.
Additionally, MIA also announced that Ms Baldacchino has been promoted to Head of Sustainability and Analytics, after over 11 years at the company. She had first joined in 2012 as Research Analyst, and has, most recently, occupied the role of Sustainability and Analytics Manager.
In her new position, she will retain responsibility for the setting of environmental targets in relation to climate, waste and water management, while also leading the effort to reach them. She will also manage the airport’s progression in the Airport Carbon Accreditation Programme.
Ms Baldacchino will also continue to oversee the analytics function, leading MIA to implement “further data-driven improvements”.
Malta International Airport Head of Sustainability and Analytics Justine Baldacchino / LinkedIn
She is also a Member of the company’s Corporate Responsibility Committee and established MIA’s Environmental Working Group in 2021.
Commenting on the news, MIA CEO Alan Borg thanked Mr Dandler and Ms Baldacchino for their “valuable contributions” to the company so far, before adding that he looks forward to continue working with them “at this critical juncture for MIA”.
“These appointments ensure that there is continuity at a time when we are realising an ambitious €175 million investment plan while gearing up for the Corporate Sustainability Reporting Directive’s increased requirements in relations to ESG,” he explained.
The airport is set to have a “transformational” next five years, as it is set to overhaul its airport campus. €39 million of the €175 million that are set to be invested, are planned to be disbursed this year.