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Malta offers low cost opportunities which are in line with the current market realities for aviation business. Being an EU member from 2004, Malta fully complies with the standards and regulations of the European Aviation Safety Agency.

Aircraft registration in Malta is possible when one of the following conditions is met:

  • the person registering the aircraft is the owner of the aircraft who operates the said aircraft; or
  • the person registering the aircraft is the owner of the aircraft under construction or temporarily not being operated or managed; or
  • the person registering the aircraft is the operator of the aircraft under a temporary title which satisfies the conditions which may be prescribed; or
  • the person registering the aircraft is the buyer under a conditional sale or title reservation which satisfies the conditions which may be prescribed.

A commercial aircraft may be registered in Malta by:

  • The Government of Malta;
  • Nationals of any EEA state or Switzerland, having a residence or a place of business in an EEA state or Switzerland;
  • Undertakings formed in any EEA state and having their registered office, central administration and principal place of business within an EEA state or Switzerland provided not less than 50% of the undertaking is owned and effectively controlled by the Government of Malta, or by any Member State of the European Union, or by persons referred to above, whether directly or indirectly through one or more intermediate undertakings.

Operators of aircraft engaged in commercial air transport activity must have an Air Operator’s Certificate (AOC) which is to be issued by the State of Registry of the operator and must hold an operating license.

A private aircraft may be registered in Malta by a natural person who is a citizen of, or an undertaking established in, a member country of the OECD and any other country approved by the Minister provided that the person has legal capacity to own or operate the aircraft in terms of the law.