Ultra-low-cost airline in Europe Wizz Air, based mostly on an settlement signed between the European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) and the Malta Civil Aviation Directorate (CAD), plans to form a new airline in Malta. The firm has filed an utility for its Maltese subsidiary to be granted an Air Operator’s Certificate (AOC) with EASA and an Operating Licence (OL) with CAD.
Subject to affirmation of its AOC and OL from the EASA and CAD, Wizz Air Malta could start operations in October 2022 with Malta-registered plane.
Wizz Air Chief Executive Officer, József Váradi stated: “We are pleased to announce our intention to establish a new airline subsidiary in Malta. Wizz Air is constantly evaluating the structure of its business and exploring options to establish new AOC’s and bases in Europe and beyond. The successful establishment of Wizz Air Malta later this year will help to reinforce our strong position and support our expansion plans in Europe. We look forward to working with EASA and the Maltese CAA to take this application forward.”
Patrick Ky, Executive Director of EASA, stated: “This will be a new step in the already well-established cooperation between the Agency, the Maltese Civil Aviation Directorate and Wizz Air. This new set-up, where one group will operate multiple AOCs based in different Member States, but overseen by the same Competent Authority, demonstrates the possibilities available through the transfer of responsibilities to EASA. We are looking forward to working together on the issuance of this brand-new AOC and the subsequent oversight activities.”