Air Malta operations could be affected especially with Catania sale
Sicily is an important market for local tourism with several Maltese having invested in properties on the island with traffic increasing consistently over the past few years.
However the situation regarding accessibility could change in the not too distant future. It has now been officially announced that the airports of Catania and Comiso in Sicily are to be privatized thus throwing current operations into disarray. This was revealed by Pietro Agen, president of the Chamber of Commerce for South eastern Italy that includes the ports of Ragusa, Catania and the Comiso Airport.
Catania is deemed to be the most important airport in Southern Italy since it handles large amounts of traffic with the major low cost airline Ryanair also having its base there. Comiso is less important although since it is geographically located in central Sicily it is useful to reach certain areas of the island such as Caltagirone and Enna amongst others.
Sources in the aviation industry who spoke to this news portal said that the privatisation of the airports would definitely have an effect on Air Malta’s operations to Comiso. Incidentally, Air Malta just started operating a twice weekly flight to Comiso as from December 17 advertising prices starting from EUR 39.
The same sources said that Comiso Airport was very much of a backwater with traffic on the low side and the Air Malta flights were an attempt to boost the situation there.
However, according to an article in RagusaOggi, the expected privatisation of the airports is not a process that will be occurring sometime soon.