Hoteliers have warned against any plans by Air Malta to reduce its fleet further.

 “We are completely against any further reduction in Air Malta’s fleet. From a commercial point of view, a reduction in the fleet doesn’t make sense,” Malta Hotels and Restaurants Association president Tony Zahra told Times of Malta.

The MHRA president’s opinion was shared by hotelier Michael Zammit Tabona who said that should rumours of Air Malta planning to shed two planes be confirmed it would be “suicidal”.

Last week, Times of Malta revealed that during a meeting with employees, top Air Malta officials said the company is contemplating a further reduction of its fleet by up to four planes in winter. Currently the airline operates a network of 10 planes.

Asked to confirm a reduction of its fleet, both the government – as the shareholder – and the airline declined to rule anything out.

Read more in Times of Malta.

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