Airmalta has dismissed half of its pilots after the pilots’ union asked for € 73 million for its members’ retirement scheme.
In a statement, both the Government and Airmalta said that the national airline has held several long meetings with ALPA in order to safeguard the sustainability and viability of the company, however, after the pilots union insisted on an early retirement scheme of € 73 million, an average of € 700,000 per pilot, the airline had no choice but to proceed with the redundancies of 69 of its pilots.
Minister for the Economy responsible for Airmalta, Silvio Schembri, said that ALPA’s actions have tried to undermine Airmalta’s operation, as the requests made were unreasonable, at a time when the airline’s revenue has fallen sharply due to the pandemic.
Minister Schembri expressed his regret at the position taken by ALPA, to the detriment of its own members which led to decisions that were not desirable but necessary. On the other hand the Government thanked the other unions representing the rest of the Airmalta workers who accepted the necessary changes in the respective collective agreements, necessary in order to safeguard not only their jobs but even the future of the company.
The Government said that it will remain committed to giving its support to the company and the workers so that Airmalta remains sustainable. He stressed that Airmalta will continue to operate and will remain committed to providing connectivity to the tourism industry by providing key routes while remaining sustainable to benefit not only of its workers but also the Maltese economy.