Manuel Agius appointed Chief Officer Cargo

Date: Friday, 16 May 2014
Ref: 051–2014 EN

Manuel Agius has been appointed as Air Malta’s Chief Officer Cargo with effect from Monday 19th May 2014.

He will form part of the airline’s senior management team reporting directly to the Chief Executive Officer, Louis Giordimaina.

Mr Agius will be responsible for both Cargo Sales and Operations and is being entrusted with setting up the division as an independent business unit.

In this regard, Air Malta intends to give added importance to the Cargo division, reorganise and strengthen it, with the aim to ensure that it offers a better service and increases ancillary revenues.

In the coming months Air Malta will be pushing forward its efforts to satisfy the needs of the cargo forwarders and shippers community, simplifying the whole cargo process and ensure that it offers a range of new innovative products.

Air Malta carries more than 7,500 tonnes of cargo each year that ranges from tuna to livestock, pharmaceuticals to microelectronics, not only on its flights but also on leased specialised freighter aircraft. The department is also responsible to carry mail to and from Malta and offers courier services and warehousing facilities.

Air Malta’s Cargo services are essential to the success of Maltese businesses as Malta’s strategic location at the heart of the Mediterranean between Europe, North Africa and the Middle East gives the islands a unique opportunity to transport freight either passing through or originating from Malta.

Manuel Agius has over 30 years experience in the aviation industry. He was one of the very first Air Malta recruits in 1973 joining the airline’s IATA Affairs department. Throughout his years of service with the airline, Manuel held various positions within the Company including among others as the UK Station Manager, Head Passenger Services, Group Head Cargo and Flight Services and Chief Officer Operations.

Manuel was involved in a number of projects within Air Malta. He was responsible to see the move of the airline from London Heathrow’s Terminal 2 to Terminal 4 and was instrumental in the setting up of the airline’s CargoSystems and Aerospeed courier services in 1994.

He was lately involved in various management roles representing local and overseas companies.

Manuel read for a Diploma in Management and has a Masters in Business Administration from Leicester University, England.
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