Sitting approximately 5km away from its capital city of Valletta, Malta International Airport serves as the main gateway for its entire island of Malta; one of the smallest countries in the world found within the European Union. It is the island’s only airport, and often identified as Luqa Airport or Valletta Airport as well, due to its close proximity and association with these two home towns. The airport covers regional as well as international destinations, flying frequently to major cities like London, Frankfurt and Tripoli. Some of the more prominent airlines which have included Malta International Airport as part of their flight routes are Air Malta, Ryanair, Lufthansa and Emirates. Comprising just one main passenger terminal, the airport’s operations are segregated into arrivals and departures, Schengen and non-Schengen locations. Within its premises, passengers are also offered a wide array of amenities including self-check-in kiosks for passengers to avoid snaking queues, complimentary WiFi access throughout its grounds, extensive retail and dining options including wine cafes and bars, baggage-related services, banking facilities, a chapel, conference rooms and nursing rooms. Passengers looking for a moment of tranquility will be pleased to know that the La Valette Lounge is open and awaiting your arrival into an oasis away from the bustling airport chaos.
How to get around
Passengers who wish to connect with the centre of the island from Malta International Airport may do so through a multitude of available options. There are four express bus services offered by the airport, namely X1 to X4. These services cover the island rather extensively and tickets may be purchased from the counters located close to the entrance of the airport. Within the island as well, visitors will be able to spot the striking antiquated buses zipping through the streets. Do remember to keep your tickets on you at all times, as a surprise check may spring up at any time and you wouldn’t want to be bogged down with a fine. One particular bus service that visitors should take note of is the Hop on Hop off service, where visitors can explore the island comprehensively and affordably as routes often take into consideration popular attractions.
Should you prefer a more convenient mode of transfer from the airport to your destination within Malta, taxi services are also available outside the airport around the clock. Fares are fixed so there will be no need to haggle, and tickets have to be purchased before embarking on your journey. In Malta, however, you will have to determine your own price with the taxi driver as most don’t go by the meter. Taxi tours are also offered by certain operators which have to be booked in advance.
What to see and do
A little island nation on the coast of the Mediterranean Sea, Malta is packed with endless fun and entertainment. Comprising three inhabited islands, Malta offers everyone a little taste of something different; be it pristine nature at its finest, or fascinating cultural attractions. Whatever your preference, be assured that you are in for a warm welcome to the island by the amicable locals who are more than willing to extend a helping hand. The island is first and foremost home to a handful of UNESCO World Heritage Sites that you shouldn’t miss. These include the prehistoric Megalithic Temples, the stunning city of Valletta whose imposing presence will leave you in awe, and the very well-preserved Hypogeum of Hal Saflieni, believed to be the oldest prehistoric underground temple in the world. Other than cultural attractions, Malta also has alluring beaches to offer during summer, where visitors can indulge in water activities like diving as well.
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