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Malta International Airport is located nearby to the capital city of Malta Island, Valletta, and nearby to Luqa and Gudja. For this reason the airport is also often referred to as the Valletta, Luqa or Gudja International Airport, however, it’s official IATA code remains as MLA. A large number of airline companies offer Malta International Airport departure flights, of which two carriers use the airport as a hub location. Passengers on flights from the airport have access to a wide range of facilities, and the entire airport complex is designed for the comfort of disabled passengers. Several forms of transport are available to the airport as well.
Malta Airport is the only airport serving the entire Maltese archipelago, and is therefore an important entry and exit point for the island. It can be easily accessed from most areas of Malta, but is particularly nearby to Valletta. Passengers may drive their own vehicles to the airport and use the parking areas provided. Short-term parking is available, as well as cheaper long-term parking, for persons who need to stay for longer than twelve hours. The parking area is in close proximity to the terminal building, and therefore no shuttles are required for transport. Passengers who prefer public transport can take one of the many buses that serve the airport. The Express Routes X1, X2, X3, X4, X5 and X6 are most popular as they make fewer stops along the way than the local route buses. There are private shared-ride services available from Malta Transfer, or passengers can simply use a conventional taxi to reach their departure flight. A taxi from Valletta to the airport will cost approximately 15 Euro.
The airport served approximately 3.5 million passengers in 2011, which was a 6.46% increase from the previous year, even though the total number of aircraft movements were less, at around 28,022. The airport is used by a large number of airline carriers, all of which offer international flights, as there are no other airports on the island of Malta. Two of the main companies present are Air Malta and Ryanair with a significant number of flights to Amsterdam, Athens, Brussels, Frankfurt, London, Rome, Vienna, Munich, Dublin, Edinburgh, Madrid, Pisa, Stockholm and Leeds/Bradford. These flights, amongst others, operate throughout the year, but a couple of destinations are only served by seasonal flights, such as Wroclaw, Glasgow, Krakow, Valencia, Newcastle upon Tyne, Norwich, Marseille and Lourdes.
Malta International Airport departure flights are offered by the following companies as well: Air Berlin, Air France, Alitalia, EasyJet, EgyptAir Express, Emirates, Libyan Airlines, Lufthansa, Luxair, Monarch, Thomas Cook Airlines, Travel Service, Thomson Airways and Vueling Airlines. A large number of the airport’s passengers head for the London airports of Gatwick, Heathrow and Luton, the large Rome-Fiumicino Airport, Frankfurt, Manchester, Munich, Brussels, Paris and Dusseldorf.
In the single terminal building of Malta Airport departing passengers will find the check-in counters, security check-points and airline boarding gates. Since that all flights from the airport are international, passengers should arrive at least two hours before their scheduled departure, or even earlier if any special considerations are required, for example, if you are travelling with a baby or young children. At most, passengers will wait about twenty-five minutes for check-in, and will then pass security screening for entry into the departure lounge. If permitted by the airline company concerned, passengers can use online check-in for convenience.
Although the luggage allowance may differ for each airline carrier, most will accept baggage of a maximum of 20kg for economy-class passengers, and baggage of up to 30kg for business-class travellers, without any additional charges. However, baggage may not weight more than 32kg, even if the overweight charges are paid. Although officials at the security check-point will not regulate how many items of hand luggage you are carrying, hand luggage regulations according to your airline company will be applicable. All items will be x-ray screened, and to help proceedings, passengers should remove all items from their pockets such as coins, keys and other metallic objects for placement onto the tray before screening. Laptops or any other large electrical item will be separately screened, and have any liquids ready for inspection as well. Liquids should total no more than one litre, and each liquid should be in containers of no more than 100ml each. All containers are then placed into a transparent and re-sealable plastic bag. These quantities do not apply to liquid items that are purchased from the duty-free store in the departure area.
If you arrive early for your flight from Malta International Airport, there are a number of interesting shops to browse, or you could stop for a bite to eat at one of the restaurants or fast food outlets. Certain shops such as Samsonite and Classic Opticians are found in the Central Area Level 0, while shops such as Bling, Diamonds International, Swarovski, Simply Malta, Playmobil and Spirit of Malta are all located on the Departures Level 1. Fast food outlets include KFC, McDonald’s and Burger King, while Costa Coffee in the Check-in hall is a great place to stop for a snack and something to drink.
Additional facilities at Malta Airport include a lost and found office, a spacious parenting room, a chapel, baggage wrap services and a conference facility on level 1. The conference room can seat up to eighty people, but can also be divided into smaller areas seating between twenty and forty delegates. Throughout the terminal, there are wireless internet connections available, and accessible restrooms.
Further information regarding Malta International Airport departures is available from the following telephone numbers: +356 2124 9600 or +356 2169 7800. Specific flight information is available at +356 5230 2000, with each call costing 1 Euro.Back to top