The Malta aviation industry, in all its spheres, has been targeted by the local authorities as an economic growth area.
Aircraft Registration is one sector where the Maltese authorities wish to make their mark, using the highest level of professionalism that established the island as a leading Maritime ship registry in the world.
At MGI Malta we can assist in various ways, apart from the registration of Aircraft itself. Should your project involve an industrial activity, we can also help with the drafting of the necessary business plan as well as the approach to the Malta Enterprise for any assistance that may be available to your new venture in Malta.
Malta Aircraft Registration Act 2010
The Malta Air Operators Certificate (Malta AOC) and Aircraft Registration Malta Act 2010 strengthen previous laws on Malta Aircraft Registration. With the setting up of an ambitious aircraft register and the Malta Transportation (Regulatory) Authority, Malta is highly positioned into one of the EU’s most topical business opportunities.
The Malta Aircraft Registration Act also provides for the registration of aircraft that are still under construction. Such aircraft can be registered so long as it is distinctively identifiable. The Malta Aircraft Registration Act limits nationality and form requirements, thus making the register accessible to as many owners and operators as possible, while at the same time ensuring that the register is only open to those who meet strict criteria.
The Malta Aircraft Registration Act specifies those who are eligible to register an Aircraft:
Citizens of Malta who have approved residence in Malta and citizens of Member States of the European Union, EEA State or Switzerland. Such individuals must have a place of residence or business in Malta, the European Union (EU), the European Economic Area (EEA) or Switzerland.
An undertaking formed and existing in accordance with the laws in Malta, a Member State of the European Union, the EEA or Switzerland. In terms of the Malta Aircraft Registration Act, the undertaking must have its registered office, central administration and principal place of business within Malta, the EU, the EEA or Switzerland, whereof not less than 50% of the undertaking is owned and effectively controlled by the Government of Malta or by the Government of any other State of the EU, or by the persons abovementioned in paragraph (a), this requirement ought to be present indirectly or directly through one or more intermediate undertakings.
In accordance with the Malta Aircraft Registration Act, a natural person who does not qualify under paragraphs (a) and (b) above, but is a citizen of or an undertaking established in an approved jurisdiction shall be qualified to register aircraft in construction or one which is not used to provide an air service. This delineates the legislator’s intent to widen the scope of the Malta Aircraft Registration Act and consequently expand the range of those who could register under this law. This extends the possibilities for those owners of aircraft who will be using their aircraft for private use and not for hire or reward as prescribed by the pertinent legislation.
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