LUQA | The Malta Airshow, slated for September 2020, has been scrapped after Malta Airport declined to provide sufficient parking space for participating aircraft.
Yesterday the Malta Aviation Society announced that it had “worked hard” with the Ministry of Tourism to organise the show, but “it has now ceased all preparations for the event”. In a statement, the society said they had requested the use of two aprons at Malta’s only airport, in Luqa, but that this was declined by Malta International Airport PLC, who said the aprons formed a core part of their operations.
The Malta Aviation Society say they have gathered information about the airport over several days which indicates the two ramp areas are seldom used.
The Malta Airshow has had a troubled past, last being held in 2017 over the sea near Smart City, after the government of Malta forced the show away from the airport, where it had been held since 1993.
The airshow organisers say that a lack of support from the island’s government is “precluding Malta from having its own proper airshow like every other European country.”