Malta International Airport is the only airport in Malta and it serves the whole Maltese Archipelago. It is located between Luqa and Gudja. It occupies the location of the former RAF Luqa and was completely re-furbished, becoming fully operational on 25 March 1992. It is still referred to by locals as Luqa Airport, and sometimes as Valletta Airport internationally, as it is located 5 km (3.1 miles) southwest of the Maltese capital Valletta.
The airport serves as the main hub for Air Malta, though many other airlines also fly to the airport, including many holiday airlines. The airport is operated by Malta International Airport plc, a public limited company. It also hosts the Area Control Centre. The airport hosts the annual Malta Airshow, visited by military and civil aircraft from various European and other countries.
Malta International Airport has been awarded the title of Most Noteworthy Airport for a New Small Budget Programme by Passenger Terminal World, the international review of airport design, technology, security, operations and management. The airport is classified among the top 15 airports worldwide joined those of Dubai, Brussels, San Francisco, Stockholm, Heathrow, Changi, Barcelona and Vienna, which were also awarded.
History: The old passenger terminal at Luqa Airport was converted into an air cargo terminal when the completely re-furbished Malta International Airport became fully operational in March 1992.
Transport: Malta International Airport is well-served by public transport. Bus number 8 leaves Valletta, passing through Floriana, Marsa, Paola, Tarxien, Ghaxaq and Gudja before stopping in front of the air terminal, and vice-versa from the airport to Valletta. Services run as frequently as every twenty minutes. There is also an airport to hotel shuttle service that can be pre booked online. The airport is located 5 km (3 miles) southeast of capital Valletta. The city centre and airport are both clearly signposted.
Parking: The Airport car parking has considerably increased during 2009. It offers therefore a larger capacity for parking handled and managed by MIA.
Shops and other services: You can find several shops at the airport, including news kiosk, florist and tax-free outlets. A good selection of renowned brands is available at the outlets. The shopping experience is completed with varied choice of Food and Beverage outlets. A number of them are accessible to public (arrivals and check-in hall area). Automated money exchange dispensers and ATM are available on the passengers Area, Arrivals. Also a 24 hour service of exchange bureau can be find on arrivals area .There are as well as a post office and a telecommunications centre, in the terminal. Wireless Internet access is available throughout the airport. A left-luggage service is available 24-hours a day, as is a luggage secure-wrapping service.
Facilities for the disabled: Malta International Airport plc have introduced an enhanced service for disabled persons and persons with reduced mobility (PRMs) which will ensure a seamless passage through the airport terminal to the aircraft and similarly on return. The airport provides also some facilities. The terminal has wheelchair-accessible toilets, ramps and low-level payphones. Reserved parking spaces are available in the car park. Wheelchairs are available on request from the Customer Services Centre.
Skyparks Business Center: Created by an innovative team of leading design and architecture professionals, SkyParks has developed into a state-of-the-art corporate headquarters location that has been crafted to exceed the expectations of discerning tenants. SkyParks Business Centre is the corporate address. Located within the grounds of Malta International Airport, Skyparks is situated in one of Malta’s most commercially-oriented districts. With a foodprint of 3,100 square meters over 9 floors, the business centre is constructed in an Energy Efficiency Ethic way. It is the first building in Malta to have applied for BRE Environmental Assessment Method (BREEAM) certification to become the island's first Grade A office park. The complex will house various facilities, including food and beverage outlets, a bank, a stationary shop and convenience store. Moreover, it will provide a fitness and wellness centre, a childcare centre and a large car park with over 160 spaces.
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