Gozo airstrip preparatory works welcomed by GTA and the GBC

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Gozo airstrip preparatory works welcomed by GTA and the GBCThe Gozo Tourism Association and the Gozo Business Chamber in a joint statement today said that they welcome favourably the commencement of the preparatory works in connection with the airstrip on Gozo at the former heliport.

“Both GTA and GBC, would like to reiterate that since their inception in February and December 1999, respectively, their stand regarding the airlink between Malta and Gozo has always been that, in favour of an airstrip.”

“These two Gozitan constituted bodies, representing the majority of the Gozitan businesses, strongly believe that the establishment of a sustainable air service, is another additional infrastructural investment, towards the connectivity between both Islands.,” the GTA and the GBC said.

They added, “such an investment, will not only offer an inter-island scheduled service for locals and tourists visiting the islands, but it will also offer the possibility of opening direct routes to Gozo from Schengen countries in the region.”

“The future of the tourism industry on Gozo, relies more than ever on additional connectivity to reach the island. Thus the availability of an airlink, will keep the Island of Gozo competitively marketable with so many emerging, destinations world wide. Gozo, as a distinct island tourist destination, can be competitive if there are reliable, consistent, effective and cost sensitive types of connections from and to the mainland and from the outside world.”

The Gozo Tourism Association and the Gozo Business Chamber concluded by saying that they would like to “take this opportunity to encourage the Ministry for Gozo to continue seeking the common good in favour of our Island… Gozo.”

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    1. Tamworthterry says:

      I remember this from last year, that a flying school had been promise it could operate from there, and that there was a Microlite club also interested, But what will that do for Gozo except create a lot of noise,its not going to put much money in the islands pockets

    2. Roy S. Perry says:

      WHAT WONDERFUL NEWS – AT LAST!

      I initiated a study which has been conducted over a period of twenty years. In 1994 it was possible to fly inter-island by helicopter from a helipad alongside a stone hut. In 1996 the hut was replaced by a state of the art modern terminal and it was possible that Gozitan businessmen and residents could check-in, transfer to Malta International Airport and depart from there just 45 minutes after the Gozo check-in. Heightened security after 9-11 and rising fuel costs for helicopters caused the cessation of this fast transfer facility and has led to a downturn in commercial activity in Gozo and an enormous increase in the time taken frpom home to airport departure. The provision of a small airfield for fixed-wing aircraft able to carry up to 19 passengers each would resolve this situation.

      Documents consulted include:
      • The Construction of an Aerodrome (ICAO Annex 14 and UK CAA CAP 168) 2007
      • Commercial Airport Safety Regulations EU EASA 2003
      • Gozo and Comino Local Plan, August 2006-13. Malta Environment and Planning Authority
      • Various international and internet sources.

      I have also received inputs from:
      • Patrick Fenech, Malta Wings Ltd, potential operator,
      • Matt. A. Merzhauser, a German aviation specialist who has Malta connections
      • Synergy Aviation, a company willing to operate a service
      • Members of the US and Malta Aircraft Owners and Pilots Associations (AOPA)
      • Joe Meilak at the Nadur Weather Centre, Gozo
      • Air transport manufacturers and operators in Europe, Africa and the West Indies
      • Malta flight training establishments
      • The Gozo Business Chamber, Gozo Tourism Association and a number of interested members of the expatriate community living in Malta and Gozo.
      I have nothing to gain and do not represent any organisation. I am carrying out this survey to try and dispel some incorrectly reported facts and feel qualified because of my engineering, design and aviation background.

      Full details of my feasibility study have been lodged with MEPA and a wide range of Government Departments in Malta and Gozo. They are available to all from my email contact which is:

      Rsp135@live.co.uk

      Roy S. Perry: July 1996 – January 2014

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