Air Malta deputy chief commercial officer to take over as CEO

Joseph Galea is new acting CEO, Philip Micallef to step down after two years: ‘Airline on the road to profitability’

Philip Micallef (left) with Joseph Galea, tourism minister Edward Zammit Lewis, and Air Malta chairperson Maria Micallef
Philip Micallef (left) with Joseph Galea, tourism minister Edward Zammit Lewis, and Air Malta chairperson Maria Micallef

Joseph Galea is Air Malta’s new acting CEO as the two-year term of the present CEO Philip Micallef comes to an end.

After 35 years in senior executive roles in Malta and various countries, Philip Micallef will be moving on to the next challenge in his career.

“My two-year term at Air Malta has been very challenging and interesting. Thanks to the commitment and hard work of my management colleagues and all the staff we have managed to exit the EU Restructuring Plan and the airline is finally back on the road to profitability. The company is now entering a new and exciting phase of growth and moving closer towards the conclusion of the talks with the strategic partner. I have worked very closely with Joseph for the last two years and the company is in the hands of a person who knows the market and its players extremely well,” Micallef said.

Galea has over 30 years’ experience in the travel industry and for the last two years has been Deputy Chief Commercial Officer with Air Malta, following a long stint with MTA as Director International Marketing based in Germany.

“It is indeed both an honour and a challenge to take over temporarily the position of CEO as talks with the strategic partner are concluded. This is a most exciting time that gives Air Malta the chance to consolidate its position as the national airline of the Maltese islands and to have the chance to go for structured growth over the next years,” Galea said.

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