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Tension between Ryanair and the City of Naples: a threat to air connections with Malta

The escalation between Ryanair and the Municipality of Naples worries ASSOMALTA, fearing negative impacts on tourism and air connections between Malta and Campania.

The Italian-Maltese Trade Association (ASSOMALTA) has publicly expressed its great concern regarding the future of air links between Malta and the Campania region. The growing tension between Ryanair and the City of Naples, linked to the increase in airport taxes, could jeopardise vital links between the two Mediterranean regions, with potential negative repercussions on tourism, trade and student mobility.

Mr. Stefano Colombetti, president of ASSOMALTA, expressed concern about the consequences of this clash, which could go far beyond a simple tariff dispute. “Over the past two years, we have witnessed a significant growth in passenger numbers and trade between Malta and Campania. This progress is now at risk due to the increase in airport taxes and the subsequent threat by Ryanair to reduce flights,” says Colombetti.

The stakes are high: Malta and Campania are linked not only by intense tourist exchanges, but also by growing trade relations and a significant flow of students in both directions. These connections represent a fundamental pillar for the local economies and social fabric of the two regions.

The increase in airport taxes, imposed by the City of Naples, could make flights to and from Naples less competitive, dissuading tourists and business travellers from choosing these destinations. The direct consequence would be a decrease in passenger numbers, with negative effects on the economies of both regions and the opportunities for commercial and cultural exchange that have flourished in recent years.

Faced with this situation, ASSOMALTA urges the parties involved to sit down for an open and constructive dialogue. The aim is to find a solution that avoids the deterioration of air links and protects the interests of all stakeholders involved. “A direct and open confrontation is the only way to prevent negative consequences for citizens, businesses and the economies of Malta and Campania,” adds Sergio Passariello, Secretary General of ASSOMALTA.

The association declares itself ready to offer its support and mediation to overcome the impasse, aware of the importance of maintaining the air bridges that unite the two Mediterranean areas. Maintaining these links is essential not only for the economic well-being of the regions involved but also to promote further cultural and social integration between peoples.


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