The Latvian ACMI and charter provider has received an Air Operator’s License in Malta, continuing its market expansion plans.
Riga-based charter airline and lessor SmartLynx has announced via its official LinkedIn feed that it has received an Air Operator’s Certificate (AOC) from the Transport Ministry Civil Aviation Directorate (TMCAD) in Malta.
Zygimantas Surintas, CEO of the company formerly known as LatCharter, stated that the certificate puts SmartLynx in prime position to further develop its business, with Malta already one of the company’s strategic markets.
The newly established unit SmartLynx Malta will begin operations with one Airbus A320 aircraft, ferried to Malta last month and registered as 9H-SLA.
In addition to the parent company in Latvia and the new subsidiary in Malta, the carrier also currently has a subsidiary in Estonia. SmartLynx Italia was closed in 2011.
The carrier has called itself “the leading ACMI and charter provider in the EU [with the] Airbus A320” and the second largest passenger air carrier in Latvia.
It has previously announced a strategic plan to become the first choice for medium-range ACMI and charter flights in Europe.
To do this, it is seeking new business opportunities worldwide and has now gained access to new markets, including those under the control of the Federal Aviation Administration.
This year the SmartLynx fleet has increased to 23 Airbus A320 and A321 aircraft.
About the move to Malta and the future of SmartLynx the CEO said, “This is just one of the steps we have planned to accomplish this year. In the near future our main goal is to keep current course of growth and development that will provide the necessary opportunity to cooperate with the largest aviation industry players.”