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11th June 2019, 19:12

Licudi: Gibraltar airport recovers well from Monarch collapse with airlines taking on new slots

The record number of people in employment and the increase in the average gross earnings are not a fluke but a reflection of the growth in the economy. This according to the Minister for Employment, Gilbert Licudi who said the employment system works well, adding the department was making great advancements towards meeting its commitment on e-government. In his address, he praised the health and Safety Inspectorate and the Labour Inspectorate saying it's been successful in ensuring compliance.

On tourism, he spoke of the promotion efforts and the new areas and niche markets being explored by the Government. There was good news for aviation, with Mr Licudi saying the airport had recovered considerably from the collapse of Monarch.

The news was not so good for bunkering, which saw a seven percent fall in activity. Superyachtvisits were up by two percent and ship registration by four percent on the previous year.

On Social Security, the Minister announced Gibraltar had paid out over £43 million in benefits, with over 80% of this in old age pensions.