In support of a Gozo Airlink – Roy S. Perry
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I refer to the letter on March 8th from John A Hall.
It has been said that the only persons seeking a return of the Gozo Airlink are Ex-Pats who live here part of the time. As a long-term resident of Gozo and the prime-mover among those who are lobbying for a safe, secure and comfortable air link I would say that this is probably true. The reason is that we tend to have a need to travel abroad more frequently. My friends in Gozo Business and Tourism have just as much a need for a link which will take them more quickly to Malta International Airport so they can travel on to meetings abroad without wasting 2-3 hours getting to the airport check-in.
One of the things I most admire about Gozitans is their practice of studying all aspects of a task very carefully before taking action. This, to some, appears to be reticent and not showing sufficient incentive. The end result, in most cases, is that a well thought-out plan has been of benefit to the island and all its inhabitants.
So it is with plans to provide an airstrip. As an aviation specialist I have spent many months carrying out research and consultations into the best way of providing a service without damaging the infrastructure or environment. You may ask ‘what’s in it for me’ – the answer is that I love Gozo and do not want the island’s community suffer at the hands of the economic downturn and political blind eyes on the mainland. I do not represent any business and have nothing financially to gain.
I agree with Mr Hall that it is very surprising that a link no longer exists. I must also say that any plan to try and operate small passenger aircraft from the minimum possible runway length (450 m) is doomed to failure. Much better to use a 700 metre strip to make operations less noisy, more economic and practical.
Roy S. Perry