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Aircraft Operator’s Bid for a Warrant of Prohibitory Injunction to Limit the Exercise of an IDERA Fails – Court Upholds the Supremacy of an IDERA

The exercise of rights under the Irrevocable De-registration and Export Request Authorisation (IDERA) has been accentuated in a ground-breaking decree delivered earlier this month by the First Hall, Civil Court, presided over by Hon. Justice Robert G. Mangion, when it was called to determine whether a warrant of prohibitory injunction can be issued to prohibit the holder of an IDERA registered in Malta from enforcing the IDERA and therefore from unilaterally requesting and procuring the de-registration of the aircraft from the Maltese Registry.In its decree delivered on 8th November, 2021, in the names of Air X Charter Limited and Air…
Ingrid Fenech
1st December 2021
Aviation

Amendments to the Aircraft Registration Act

The Aircraft Registration Act, Chapter 503 of the Laws of Malta (the "Act") and the Code of Organisation and Civil Procedure, Chapter 12 of the Laws of Malta (the "COCP") have been amended by virtue of Act No. XXXVII of 2021 (the "Amending Act"). The Amending Act brings about changes to various laws pertaining to aircraft registration.Certified DesigneeThe Amending Act introduces rules pertaining to the appointment of a "Certified Designee" (CD) under an irrevocable de-registration and export request authorisation (IDERA). Whilst the Act previously allowed for the appointment of a CD, and in fact, CDs are appointed in practise, the…
Joshua Chircop
10th August 2021
AviationShipping & Yachting

Segregated Cells in Aviation and Shipping Companies

Pursuant to amendments to the Companies Act, the Companies Act (Shipping and Aviation Cell Companies) Regulations (the "Regulations") allow for the incorporation of cell companies that conduct shipping or aviation business. The Regulations also allow for the conversion of an existing company that conducts shipping or aviation business into a cell company. To understand what is meant by shipping or aviation business, please click here.A cell company may create one or more cells within itself for the purposes of segregating and protecting cellular assets. Each cell has distinct assets and liabilities and can therefore be used to carry out separate…
Joshua Chircop
29th April 2021
Aviation

CJEU Confirms that Trade Union Strikes are not ‘Exceptional Circumstances’ for the Purposes of the Air Passenger Rights Regulation

​On the 23rd March 2021, the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) rendered a Grand Chamber decision on a preliminary reference transmitted to it by a Swedish tribunal in a matter concerning air passenger rights (Airhelp Ltd v. Scandinavian Airline System SAS, c-28/20). The decision sets out the legal test according to which a strike by workers of an airline undertaking may be considered to be an 'extraordinary circumstance' for the purposes of the compensation provisions of Regulation (EC) 261/2004 (the Air Passenger Rights Regulation).THE FACTSA passenger, S., had booked an internal flight from Malmö to Stockholm which…
Mark Soler
21st April 2021
AviationShipping & Yachting

Cell Companies in Shipping and Aviation Business

This article was written by Dr Nicholas Valenzia and Dr Joshua Chircop.Amendments have been made to the Companies Act allowing for the introduction of regulations regarding Cell Companies carrying on or engaged in Shipping or Aviation Business (the "Regulations").The RegulationsThe amendments have introduced a new article to the Companies Act, which gives the authority to the Minister responsible for the registration of commercial partnerships (the "Minister") to make the Regulations. The Regulations are expected to be promulgated under Maltese law imminently.The Regulations are expected to provide for the formation, constitution, authorisation and regulation of Cell Companies carrying on or engaged…
Nicholas Valenzia
15th May 2020
AviationCOVID19 MeasuresShipping & YachtingTourism, Leisure & Hospitality

COVID-19: Commission provides guidance on EU passenger rights

Following the introduction of various measures across Member States due to the COVID-19 pandemic, including travel restrictions and border controls, passengers and transport operators are having to face cancellations and delays in transport. The European Commission has published the Interpretative Guidelines on EU passenger rights regulations in the context of the developing situation with Covid-19 (hereinafter referred to as the "Guidelines") to ensure that EU passenger rights are applied consistently across the EU Member States. The Guidelines cover the rights of passengers when travelling by air, rail, ship or bus/coach, maritime and inland waterways, as well as the corresponding obligations…
Joshua Chircop
9th April 2020