Malta International Airport serves the Maltese Archipelago as the only airport in Malta. Formerly known as Luqa Airport, a name still used by locals, the airport underwent a massive refurbishment effort before re-opening as Malta International Airport in 1992.
Serving roughly 3.5 million passengers per year, Malta International Airport is home to two runways and one passenger terminal. The airport has won numerous awards including several from Airport Council International including "Best Airport" in its category and "Best Airport in Europe" across all categories. In 2010, the airport was named one of the fifteen "Most Noteworthy Airport for a New Small Budget Program."
Malta International Airport plays many other important functions in Malta's civic life. The airport grounds host the annual Malta Airshow, the Airport MetOffice, and the on-site Skyparks Business Center. The latter was constructed as an energy efficient building that will house 9 floors and 33,000 sq feet of retail and office space. Meanwhile, the MetOffice provides national meteorological service for both the aviation and public sectors.
The history of Malta International Airport dates back to 1950s. An increase in passenger and aircraft movements to the island prompted the British Government to finance a new civil air terminal. As aviation continued to grow in importance and popularity over the next 20 years, so too did technological advancements in the size and propulsion of aircraft. By 1977, a longer runway was opened and the terminal was renovated to include two new lounges.
Still lacking adequate facilities, in 1987 the Government laid out plans for a completely new air terminal. Begun in 1989 and gaining full operation in 1992, Malta International Airport has since undergone periodic remodeling to maintain a high degree of quality and service.
The current state of Malta International Airport includes a number of facilities and amenities that help it maintain its reputation for service. In addition to multiple 24-hour currency exchanges and ATM's in the Terminal Building, a physical bank is also available at Skyparks.
For business travelers, a post office and telecommunications center are supplemented by business and conference rooms that can be accessed on request. These conference rooms are fully furnished and equipped with Wi-Fi, communication technology, and onsite technical support.
Meanwhile, a parenting room, located near the Information Desk, comes complete with a comfortable sofa, a nappy changer, a hand-washing basin, changing station, and drinking water system. Two additional dedicated changing rooms are located in the Departures Lounge.
VIP treatment for visitors from all walks of life is available in full measure as a part of the La Valette Lounge Club. The La Valette Club offers lounges on both the Departures and Arrivals side of the Terminal that include free Wi-Fi access, TV, newspapers, snacks, and refreshments. A smoking area, as well as telephone and fax, comfortable seating, and a flight information monitor are also available in these lounges.
Other VIP services available include preferential rates on the airport's Porter Service and Terminal Assistance program that includes assistance through immigration formalities. A Meet and Greet Service assures ease of access upon arrival at Malta International Airport, including a reserved parking bay, customer escort, assisted check in, and more.
Other services at Malta International Airport include Baggage Wrapping and Baggage Deposit Services available in the Check-In-Hall. Additionally, Our Lady of the Airways Chapel holds Christian services on weekdays, weekends, and public holidays.
Travel to Malta International includes a number of express, local, and shuttle bus services. By car, the airport is located only 3 miles from the capital of Valletta. Car rentals and taxis are available and service destinations throughout Malta. Airport parking has also recently been greatly expanded.