Talks are under way with Turkish Airlines – the fourth largest carrier in the world – over a strategic alliance with Air Malta.

Company sources said discussions are being held on a regular basis about an alliance that may include privatising part or the entire Maltese airline. 

“The discussions are focused on a strategic partnership with Turkish Airlines, who are seeking to expand further,” the sources said. 

“The government is currently leaving all its options open and is not excluding anything. Discussions range from a strategic partnership to full takeover of Air Malta.”

Tourism Minister Edward Zammit Lewis declined to give details. 

“Discussions on how to continue improve our relationship with all the major airlines operating to and from Malta is an ongoing process” he said.

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