easyJet (London Luton) is seeking approval for the acquisition of the SR Technics maintenance facility at Malta International, the airline confirmed to ch-aviation.

“easyJet has agreed to acquire the SR Technics maintenance facility based in Malta, subject to regulatory approval. The six-bay aircraft maintenance facility in Malta has undertaken heavy maintenance for the easyJet fleet of aircraft for several years. easyJet has brought much of its aircraft maintenance operations in-house and so the potential acquisition is aligned with this strategy,” the low-cost carrier said.

The airline submitted an official notice of concentration to the Malta Competition and Consumer Affairs Authority (MCCAA) on April 18, official data shows. In line with procedure, the regulator has given all interested parties seven days to file a written objection as of April 26.

SR Technics has had a base in Malta since 2010, with easyJet its launch customer. In October last year, SR Technics Malta announced a new three-year contract with easyJet to service its all-Airbus fleet. Ryanair (FR, Dublin International) and Lufthansa (LH, Frankfurt International) also have maintenance facilities in Malta.

As part of its in-house maintenance efforts, easyJet opened a four-bay hangar facility at Berlin Brandenburg International in January 2023 in a EUR20 million euro (USD21.4 million) investment.

According to ch-aviation fleets data, easyJet operates 245 in-house aircraft in total - with 184 is service with easyJet UK (U2, London Luton), 131 with easyJet Europe (EC, Vienna), and 30 with easyJet Switzerland (DS, Geneva). All are Airbus (AIB, Toulouse Blagnac) narrowbodies ranging from A319s to A320/1ceo and A320/1neo.