Prime Minister Joseph Muscat presides over the signing ceremony between EasyJet plc and Lufthansa Technik At Auberge de Castille

MIAMI — In the presence of his Excellency the Maltese Prime Minister Dr. Joseph Muscat, low-cost carrier easyJet and Lufthansa Technik AG signed on Monday a substantial base maintenance contract in the Maltese capital Valletta. More than 250 of the airline’s A320 family will be serviced by Lufthansa Technik Malta during the next five years.

Earlier this year, EasyJet had signed an agreement with Malta-based SR Technics to also perform C-checks on its fleet. When interviewed, the Technical Director at EasyJet Ian Davies said that the whole deal boiled down to the best service, best deal, most qualified workforce – it was right under our noses and that was Malta.

On his part, the CEO of Lufthansa Technik Malta, Stephan Drewes, revealed that the company will have to employ an additional 50 people to handle the influx of work.

The Prime Minister continued that the Government, through the Malta Enterprise and Malta Industrial Parks, has shown that it is committed to promoting the competitiveness of the aircraft maintenance repair and overall industry, thus promoting its growth and development. Dr Muscat explained that the Government has done so concretely in terms of assistance by the responsible agencies, providing the necessary infrastructure and by investing in technical education and training of the Maltese workforce.

He reiterated that the Government is fully aware that one of the major challenges in this sector is the shortage of technical employees. However, the Government is fully committed to ensure that more young people will take this sector as their career.

Dr. Muscat said that economic results and sustaining a strong economy are not automatic. He said that through such investments and sound decision-making, the economy will continue to outperform its competitors.