The Airline Pilots Association of Malta (ALPA) said on Saturday morning that in the current financial difficulties of Air Malta it considers inappropriate the exorbitant spending on lavish receptions to celebrate the Airline’s re-branding and unveiling of its new livery and has directed its members to boycott these events.
ALPA said that invitations to this “once in a lifetime experience” “with plenty to drink and eat” have been issued to all Air Malta employees with another event planned the following day for all stake holders and business partners.
“In the current financial situation” ALPA feels that “such expenses are highly inappropriate and these funds could have been put to better and more productive use. Given this scenario ALPA has instructed all its members not to participate in this event.
ALPA also said that: “It had been promised that it would be consulted and involved in the Airline’s restructuring process. The re-branding process with all its substantial costs as never mentioned in the Steering Committee, and once again ALPA was not consulted or involved in this matter.”
ALPA said that all its members look forward to attending such events when the company returns to profitability and is in a better and more stable financial situation.
Air Malta Replies to ALPA
Air Malta this morning took note of ALPA’s stand with regards to the rebranding of the airline.
While expressing its disappointment that once again the Executive Committee of the Union has failed to rise above the canopy and look at the big picture it is pleased to note that the same Executive is finally becoming more sensitive to the precarious financial situation of the Company.
Air Malta now expects ALPA to reconsider its demands made to the Company as part of its discussions and bring them more in line with the situation currently at hand with a view to ensure that Air Malta returns to profitability and a more stable financial situation.