During the launch of the new Air Malta rebranding, which costs nearly €2m, Prime Minister Lawrence Gonzi in his brief speech this morning said that he is aware of Air Malta's employees' sacrifices and does not exclude that there will be further sacrifices to be made.
This contrasts with what he promised Air Malta employees on the eve of the last general election, when in a letter he told them that their work in the national airline is guaranteed.
But once the election passed the PN government changed its tune and started saying that at least 500 jobs have to go for Air Malta to become viable.
GonziPN knew that hundreds of workers would lose their jobs at Air Malta due to a restructuring plan, but very cynically not only was this hidden from Air Malta employees; they were actually guaranteed their jobs and promised a better income in exchange for their vote.
Air Malta has been mismanaged and its employees have had to pay the price. As the main shareholder of the national airline government must shoulder the political and administrative responsibility for it. Serious government mistakes led Air Malta to make huge losses, like buying seven RJs and incurring a loss of €180 million.
During the ceremony of the launching AirMalta's new identity, rebranded with new colours, a ten minute video footage about the history of Air Malta "Flying The Pride of Malta", was shown, however there was no mention of the loss of millions of euros with the decision of purchasing seven RJs.
The rebranding of Air Malta costed nearly €2million. According to Air Malta Chief Executive Peter Davies, it was included in the restructuring plan for Air Malta.
Present for the launch was also Mr. Richard Cachia Caruana. At the time when the seven RJs were bought in the 1990s, he was a director on the board of Air Malta.