Comlux Establishes EU Base with New Malta HQ

 - September 3, 2013, 3:40 PM

Business aviation services group Comlux will complete the relocation of its main holding company from Switzerland to Malta with the formal opening on Thursday of its new headquarters on the Mediterranean island.

Malta, which unlike Switzerland is a member state of the European Union (EU), is also now the headquarters for the Fly Comlux management and charter division. Most of the group’s fleet will be registered in Malta and operate under the auspices of the EASA. Comlux president and CEO Richard Gaona told AIN that the Malta operation will include activities such as aircraft engineering, maintenance, training and flight dispatch.

Comlux will keep its offices in Zurich and the company’s senior management team will operate largely from there. Gaona said Switzerland’s position outside the EU has resulted in excessive legal complications, relating to issues such as cabotage rights for flights within the EU.

Comlux will still have four aircraft registered in Kazakhstan and one in Aruba. It also operates three other sales offices–in Bahrain, Hong Kong and Moscow–as well as its Comlux America engineering and maintenance division in Indianapolis.