Malta International Airport has been ordered to pay more than €250,000 in damages to Air Malta and to an insurance company for the damages an Air Malta plane sustained in a bird strike. Presiding over the First Hall of the Civil Court, Mr Justice Raymond C Pace concluded that MIS was responsible for the damages due to the lack of an adequate bird strike reduction system.
He delivered his judgement following a writ of summons filed by Air Malta and Shield Insurance Co (Guernsey) Ltd against MIA. Air Malta told the court that on December 2, 2004, it was operating flight KM100 to London. When the Air Malta Airbus started its take off process from MIA, a sizeable flock of starlings flew into the plane's flight path.
The flight had to terminate abruptly for reasons of safety and the plane had eventually returned to MIA. Air Malta claimed that it had suffered damages of Lm107,551 to its plane as a result of this accident which was caused by the fact that MIA did not have an adequate bird strike reduction system in place.