POLITICIANS, gaming bosses and businessmen are campaigning to introduce flights from southern Spain to Malta.
More than 500 people have already signed a change.org petition which claims hundreds of work hours are lost every month as workers travel from Malaga and Gibraltar to Malta.
There is currently no direct flight from Malaga or Gibraltar to Malta, despite thousands of workers – mainly in gaming – making the commute every month.
Set up by Irish expat Oisin McGillicuddy, the petition has garnered the support of ‘a number of Gibraltar politicians’, gaming bosses both sides of the border and the CEO of Malta airport.
Others supporting the bid are the CEO of Gaming Innovation Group and the boss at venture capitalist firm Optimizer Invest.
“The support has been amazing, but I am not surprised,” 39-year-old McGillicuddy, who lives in Fuengirola, told the Olive Press. “Travelling to Malta is currently a massive expense and is enormously inconvenient.
“Sometimes the layover in Barcelona, Brussels or Paris can be as long as 11 hours.”
He added: “It is crazy that a flight has never been put on from Gibraltar or Malaga to Malta before now.”
The petition titled ‘Schedule direct flights from Malaga and/or Gibraltar to Malta’ is addressed to Norwegian Air.
It is also being actively directed at other low-cost airlines including Ryanair, Vueling and Transavia.