Although the aviation industry had already started developing in the 1970s, the past few years have seen this sector in Malta thrive both economically as well as legally. With the enactment of the Aircraft Registration Act in 2010 in addition to other incentives, Malta has been able to provide investors and other major players in the aviation industry with a solid legal framework and a creditor-friendly environment.

The ratification of the Cape Town Convention on International Interests in Mobile Equipment and its Protocol has also brought Malta in line with international aviation finance and leasing standards and facilitation of asset-based financing.

As an EU Member State, Malta also adopts the standards of the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) which represents the highest standards of safety in aviation. Operators of aircraft registered in Malta can also benefit from access to commercial air traffic rights within the EU and have easier access to the traffic rights agreed from time to time between EU members and other third countries.

Due to these developments, Malta has earned a reputation as an advantageous aviation jurisdiction, mirroring its success in the maritime sector. Further investment in other sectors of the aviation industry including maintenance, repair, production of aircraft components and other related areas have further solidified Malta’s position as a prime destination for all types of aviation projects.

DF Advocate’s Aviation Department was established to provide specialized services to both local and international clients in the aviation industry. We are dedicated to manage the needs of our clients and seek to provide practical tailor-made solutions.

We take pride in the experience gained in supporting a variety of clientele in setting up and operating their aviation business in Malta.

Our firm offers a wide range of services including:

  • Fiscal advisory services;
  • Registration of Aircraft;
  • Application for Air Operating Certificates (‘AOC’);
  • Registration of mortgages and other securities;
  • Legal support

For further information on how DF Advocates can provide assistance in your aviation law requirements, kindly contact us on info@dfadvocates.com.


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