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Malta International Airport is a very important gateway to the Maltese archipelago in the Mediterranean Sea, as it is the only airport on the island. It is known as MLA, as the Valletta International Airport or as the Luqa International Airport. A number of airline companies, including Ryanair and Malta Air, arrive at the airport from a wide variety of international destinations, and over 3.5 million passengers pass through the terminal building every year. Passengers will find the Malta International Airport arrival area to be modern with all the facilities they require, and will also find access to several forms of ground transportation, should it be required.
Malta Airport is a hub for Ryanair and Malta Air, two airline companies that offer year-round and seasonal flights from locations such as London, Munich, Paris, Manchester, Geneva, Athens, Brussels, Amsterdam, Prague, Moscow and Girona. Air Malta handles the largest percentage of passengers at the airport, while Ryanair holds the second largest percentage. Lufthansa flights arrive from Frankfurt and Munich, flights by Emirates arrive from Dubai and Copenhagen, EasyJet travels from London, Belfast and Newcastle upon Tyne, Thomas Cook Airlines is a popular carrier travelling from Manchester and Vueling Airlines offers flights from Spain, from the airports of Barcelona and Madrid. Alitalia, Norwegian Air Shuttle, Thomson Airways, Travel Service, Monarch, Air France and Air Berlin are other airlines that serve the airport.
Malta is one of the countries in Europe that are part of the Schengen agreement, along with Austria, Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, Greece, Iceland, Luxembourg, Poland, Portugal, Sweden, Spain, the Netherlands and several others. Therefore, passengers flying to Malta from any of the above mentioned countries do not need to present their passport to continue through the airport, however, it is still wise to carry a passport and an identity card at all times.
Passengers will arrive at Malta International Airport’s single terminal building, and will proceed to the luggage hall to collect their belongings. If any damages have occurred, or if their items are lost, the incidents should immediately be reported to the relevant baggage handling agent. The airline company concerned will then take the necessary actions to locate your missing baggage, or may even compensate you for any damages that your luggage items suffered whilst they were under the airline’s care.
Just past the baggage claim hall passengers will enter the Welcomer’s Hall, where a variety of useful facilities are available. There are ATMs, twenty-four hour automated money exchange dispensers, a convenience store selling a variety of items (8 Till Late), an outlet of Vodafone and a pharmacy. There are a number of other shops and restaurants in the terminal building as well, and passengers can even hire a conference room at the airport for business functions. Wireless internet connections can be found throughout the terminal as well.
In the Welcomer’s Hall, the car rental counters of Hertz, Avis, Budget, National, Alamo, Thrifty, Sixt, Dollar, Europcar, Easycar and Auto Europa are available, offering arriving passengers competitive car rental rates and a wide variety of high quality vehicles. In a rented car is often considered as one of the best ways to travel the beautiful island of Malta. Roads lead to all the towns, and most are in good condition, however, there can be roads that are narrower, and possibly with potholes. Valletta is a popular destination for tourists, home to many of Malta’s most alluring attractions, such as The Malta Experience and a number of other historical and cultural sights. The town of Sliema is often visited as well. It is just north of Valletta, with several lovely beaches that offer clean and safe swimming areas.
Arriving passengers who have parked at the airport can pay for their stay at one of the automated payment machines in the arrivals area, and then proceed to leave the car park. There are also options for passengers who need public transport, as several buses are available. Certain bus routes are available every hour, while others arrive every half an hour. They travel to all the popular areas nearby the airport, and are a very cost effective way to travel. The company in charge of Malta’s public transport services is Arriva. Alternatively, passengers can arrange a shared-ride service from Malta Transfer, or can take one of the airport taxis to their next destination. Taxis are usually available twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week, nearby the arrivals area, and will cost about 15 Euro for a trip to Valletta. Taxis are not metered in Malta, but operate according to set rates.
Disabled passengers can arrange assistance with their airline company prior to their arrival at Malta International Airport. In the terminal there are accessible restrooms, all upper levels are linked by elevator or ramp and reserved parking spaces are available. Call buttons from where assistance can be arranged are also found in the arrivals hall, and at several other locations in the terminal.
Live Malta International Airport Arrival flight schedules can be viewed online, or the airport can be contacted for further information (+356 2124 9600 or +356 2169 7800).Back to top