Malta Air Traffic Services (MATS) is contributing to our economy as it works to facilitate aviation business in Malta by providing a safe and efficient service to aircraft landing and departing from our airport.
This was stated by Minister for Transport, Infrastructure and Capital Projects Aaron Farrugia during a high-level event commemorating the 20th Anniversary since the Government of Malta assigned the air navigation service provision to Malta Air Traffic Services Ltd.
Minister Farrugia explained that MATS assists the Armed Forces of Malta and NGOs in search-and-rescue operations and honours its international obligations in providing air traffic services for aircraft overflying the Mediterranean.
Statistics indicate that before the pandemic hit, MATS provided air traffic services to over 70,000 overflights and 50,000 movements from Malta International Airport.
In 2021, MATS made a recovery of approximately 70% of 2019 traffic levels.
This event, titled Managing the Future of our Skies, brought together aviation stakeholders to discuss the aviation spectrum, taking in consideration significant events that are leading to major changes, such as the war in Ukraine, rise in fuel cost, unmanned aircraft operations development, cyber security, and a myriad of other projects that are demanding more from the air navigation sector, and lesser cost without compromising safety and security.