Malta International Airport
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|Malta International Airport|
Ajruport Internazzjonali ta' Malta
|Owner||Malta International Airport plc|
|Elevation ||300 ft / 91 m|
Malta International Airport (
The first civil airfield was constructed at
The increase in passenger handling and aircraft movements necessitated the construction of a civil air terminal. Preparations started in 1956 and the
In October 1977, a new and longer runway was launched and works commenced on the extension and refurbishment of the air terminal.[
This refurbishment was not enough as it still lacked certain essential facilities. Immediately after the change in Government in 1987, the new administration decided that the 35-year-old terminal was past its time and therefore gave the green light for the construction of a new air terminal along Park 9.[
Until the construction of the new air terminal was completed, the
The foundation stone of the present air terminal in Gudja was laid in September 1989 and it was inaugurated in record time 29 months later, in February 1992. Malta International Airport became fully operational on March 25, 1992, and the old Luqa passenger terminal was effectively closed down after 35 years.
Over the last several years, passenger numbers have been increasing, climbing from 3.5 million in 2011 to 4.6 million in 2015. Passenger figures have exceeded 5.0 million in 2016. The increase in passenger numbers is mainly due to the increased number of routes served by low-cost carriers.