Orion737 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Posted (5 years 11 months 3 weeks 6 days 16 hours ago) and read 1018 times:
I know there are regular helicopter services between Malta and Gozo but I wonder if the heliport can be extended to provide a runway suitable for scheduled turbo flights or even jet flights from Europe? this would increase tousim to the island considerably.
BBADXB From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 1, posted (5 years 11 months 3 weeks 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 984 times:
This had been proposed about 12 years ago, but the environmentalists got a petition going (which I myself signed and asked (made!) friends and family to sign!), and the plans for any expansion were eventually dropped.
However, earlier this year, there was once again talk of upgrading GZM. I believe that a feasibility study and an environmental impact assessment are being drawn up. It is probably very useful and important to point out that there are general elections due by mid 2008 and the present adminstration will certainly not want to stir up a potentially controversial matter such as the issue of the expansion of GZM.
In my opinion, I like Gozo as is. However, we live in a very competitive world. Property prices at Gozo are a bargain compared to Malta due to the much smaller economic activity on Gozo. In my opinion, if GZM were to be expanded enough to handle all the FR and LCC traffic, it would spell an economic revival and boom for Gozo, albeit a doom to the very serene way of life on Gozo as we know it today. Either way, I see benefits in both scenarios.
BBADXB From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 2, posted (5 years 11 months 3 weeks 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 970 times:
By the way, the Malta Air Charter helicopter service was stopped upon Malta's accession into the European Union. Helisureste of Spain operated a helicopter service for some time between MLA & GZM using a a Bell helicopter but it was doomed from the start due to the high fares they were charging.
At present, there is no direct airlink between MLA & GZM, but Harbour Air (Malta) operate a seaplane between the Grand Harbour Waterfront in Valletta and Mgarr Harbour in Gozo. To me, it seems like it is a very smart (viable, and profitable) idea as it links Malta's CBD at Valletta to Gozo's gateway.