Gozo airstrip back on agenda

Gozo HeliportA spokesperson for Gozo Minister Anton Refalo, confirmed that the development of an airstrip is being actively considered.
The writing was already on the wall when in February 2010 the shadow minister for planning - had already announced that the development of an airstrip is one of the options a new government would consider to ensure better connectivity between Malta and Gozo.
The Superintendent for Cultural Heritage has called for an environment impact assessment if an application to extend the Ta' Lambert airstrip in Gozo is presented. The airstrip is actually considered as part of the Gozo-Comino local plan, but investigations must be carried out on the development's impact before any decision is taken.
MEPA will have to assist government in drafting the terms of reference for a study which would have to explore alternatives to a hard runway such as, for example, the use of a seaplane.
It has also been confirmed that a helicopter operator had expressed an interest in starting up a transport service between the two islands, but he said that the government was against such a service being run on a chartering basis, insisting that such a service should have a set schedule.