There are several laws regulating civil aviation in Malta, each governing the different aspects of civil aviation. These are mainly the following:

  • the Authority for Transport in Malta Act;
  • the Civil Aviation Act;
  • the Eurocontrol Act;
  • the Air Navigation Act;
  • the Airports and Civil Aviation (Security Act);
  • the Civil Aviation (Security) Act;
  • the Aircraft Registration Act;
  • the Code of Conduct for Computerised Reservation Systems Act;
  • subsidiary legislation promulgated on the basis of the powers given to the Minister for transport in the several enabling acts; and
  • EU Regulations on civil aviation.

The subsidiary legislation is vital in the regulation of civil aviation in Malta because it is enacted specifically with regard to that aspect of civil aviation which it purports to regulate. The following are a few examples: the Civil Aviation Joint Aviation Requirements Order making the JARs part of Maltese law and the several regulations transposing EU directives into Maltese law.

In Malta, aviation is regulated by the Civil Aviation Directorate, which is a Directorate within the Authority for Transport in Malta. 

As a jurisdiction, Malta enjoys an increased recognition as an aviation service hub. Our lawyers can give you expert advice on aviation matters in Malta including aircraft registration and litigation.