Malta Airport Arrivals & Departures

MLA arrivals today

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Address: Luqa LQA 4000, Malta
Telephone: +356 2124 9600
IATA Airport Code: MLA
ICAO airport code: LMML
Alias: Malta International Airport, Luqa Airport and Valletta Airport

Malta International Airport

The airport is located on the island of Malta in the Mediterranean about 5 miles south of the capital, Valletta. It is located in the village of Gudja and is also called Luqa airport. Due to the Second World War, a few small airports were formed together. In order to get more people at the airport, it was suggested to expand the Malta airport departures after the Second World War in 1956. In 1958 the new terminal could be put into use and the first Luqa arrivals were a fact. It was not until 1977 that the runway was extended to give larger aircraft the opportunity to realize Malta flight arrivals. With new extensions to the baggage carousels, computers, new floor surfaces, etc., preparations were made to have more Malta flight departures. In 1992 a new terminal was opened to further expand the airport.


If you rent a car at the airport from Thrifty, Hertz, Sixt, Avis, Budget or Europcar, you will be in the center of the city of Valletta in about 15 minutes. Luqa airport departures by taxi is also possible and that costs about 15-20 euros to the city. If you travel to Sliema or Bugibba, you pay 5-10 euros more. You can also travel on the island by bus. There are several options, but the fastest way is 25 minutes and costs 1.50 to 2 euros. When you travel by own car and leave the island you can decide to park your car at the airport. Luqa Malta international airport arrivals gives you multiple options to park your car.



The terminal at the airport is not that big and has 3 floors. To start with, the Malta Arrivals (baggage reclaim) and check-in desks can be found on the ground floor. When you leave you go up one floor to Level 1 after check-in. Here are the Malta departures with 18 gates for boarding.


At Luqa Malta international arrivals you go the other way around and after landing you will arrive at level 1 and via passport control to ground floor for your luggage. There is a food court on level -1 that is connected to a car park. There is also an observation deck at level 2.


Passenger statistics

Despite its compact size, Malta Airport (Maltese: Ajruport Internazzjonali ta ‘Malta) is experiencing impressive growth with many Luqa airport arrivals. In 2009 still 3 million annually to more than 7 million in 2019. Unfortunately due to the corona there is a 76.1 percent in Malta airport departures in 2020. That there were only 1,748,050 passengers to be seen at the airport.


Most Malta international airport departures normally go to London Gatwich Airport in the U.K. followed by Fiumicino Airport in Rome, Frankfurt, Catania, Brussels, Munich, Manchester, London Heathrow, Istanbul and Paris. Other frequent Malta airport arrivals are coming from Barcelona, Belgrade, Warsaw, Zurich, Edinburgh, Manchester, Madrid, London Lutonn and Stansted, Seville, Vienna, Athens, Berlin, Charleroi, Dublin, Porto, Hamburg, Lisbon, Dusseldorf, Palermo, Paris-CDG, Milan-Linate, Moscow and many more.


Almost every route is flown by Air Malta. Other airlines with Malta Airport arrivals are British Airways, Easyjet, TUI Airways, Alitalia, Ryanair, Lufthansa, Niki,, Transavia and Turkish Airlines. Despite Air Malta’s many routes, Ryanair normally operates most Malta Airport departures. Other frequent seen carriers with Luqa departures are Wizz Air, Vueling, Volotea, Qatar Airways, Iberia, Air France, Aegean Airlines, Swiss Airlines.