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Benefits of Registering your Aircraft in Malta

The Aircraft Registration Act has as its principal aim the enhancement of the Malta Aviation Register, targeting aircraft operated both for commercial and non-commercial purposes.

The registration of aircraft in Malta entails a number of benefits, which include:


Malta is a full member state of the European Union and hence regulations and directives issued by the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) are directly applicable in Malta. The country is also a member of the Joint Aviation Authorities (JAA) and Joint Aviation Regulations (JARs) for areas yet untouched by EASA. This legal background renders operations within the European Union – and beyond – effortless.


There are no restrictions as to the intended use of aircraft registered in Malta. Whether intended for commercial or private use, all aircraft, independent of their type and size, are eligible for registration in Malta.


Aircraft owners and operators have the choice of remaining anonymous by utilizing a range of corporate services which include nominee shareholding, nominee directorship and trusts. The Civil Aviation Directorate in these instances may require proof of eligibility for registration.


Malta is not only a politically neutral jurisdiction, but also a credible jurisdiction. Fears associated with jurisdictions regarded as flags of convenience do not arise.


Malta offers a very attractive tax structure and the tax liability could be limited to as much as 5%. Every operator, including commercial operators, could avail themselves of these favourable tax regimes.


Malta has ratified the Cape Town Convention on International Interests in Mobile Equipment and the Protocol to the Convention on International Interests in Mobile Equipment on Matters Specific to Aircraft Equipment. Interests and security on aircraft can thus be registered both in the national mortgage register and the international registry, which system should appeal to financiers and should enhance the possibilities of obtaining finance.


The Civil Aviation Directorate forms parts of the recently revamped Authority for Transport in Malta which offers an efficient, effective and timely service.


The fees for the registration of aircraft in Malta are relatively favourable in comparison with other European jurisdictions.