Efly struggles to obtain a licence

Efly BAe 146-300 9H-ELE

Efly’s BAe 146-300 9H-ELE, seen at Malta, now carries the airline’s titles and logo (Efly)

Maltese airline Efly is struggling to obtain a licence so that it can begin operations. Its first BAe 146-300, 9H-ELE (msn E3209), is ready to fly, having arrived at Malta in mid-June and then having had the airline’s titles and logo applied. The airline has also secured JAR-145 and CAMO maintenance licences. However, Malta’s Department of Civil Aviation (DCA) has still not issued the airline the necessary operating licence. Although the DCA has stated merely that the airline has not yet completed the necessary requirements, many suspect that the airline’s CEO, Luigi Crispino, was the primary obstacle. Crispino is a controversial figure in some quarters, having been investigated for fraud over the failure of a previous airline venture, Air Sicilia. Accordingly, on 10 July Crispino announced that he was resigning as CEO “in the best interest of the airline.” Efly is positioning itself as a ‘luxury’ low-cost airline. In addition to charters, the airline has applied to operate the Malta-Gatwick and Malta-Catania-Gatwick routes that British Airways is abandoning.

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