Malta International Airport, also known as Luqa Airport and Valletta Airport, is the sole airport in Malta, serving the entire Maltese Islands. It is situated between Luqa and Gudja and occupies the location of the former RAF Luqa. It is owned by Malta International Airport plc and serves as the main hub for Air Malta, a base for Ryanair, and home to the Area Control Center. It hosts the yearly Malta Airshow, which is visited by military and civil aircraft from various European and other countries. The airport became fully operational on March 25, 1992.
Where to go
The harbour city of Valletta is the capital of Malta. Its 16th-century architectural heritage built under the Hospitallers is largely preserved at present day. It was one of the earliest sites inscribed by UNESCO on the World Heritage list. Some of the city’s noteworthy attractions include St. John's Co-Cathedral, with its extremely ornate interior; the Cathedral Museum, which houses two works by Caravaggio, one of which is the famous huge "Beheading of St. John the Baptist."; the Palace of the Grand Masters, which now functions as the President's office and the Maltese parliament; the Malta Experience, which has a comprehensive collection of cultural and historical importance; the Upper Barrakka Gardens, which offers a stunning view of the Grand Harbour; and the St. James Cavalier, a fortress built as part of the elaborate defence systems of Valletta and now houses a 'Centre for Creativity', with its own theatre, cinema, music room, and exhibition halls.
The busiest international route out of Malta International Airport in 2013 was to London Gatwick Airport in London, the capital and largest city of both England and United Kingdom. The flight time is approximately between four and five hours. This multicultural megalopolis is home to world-renowned attractions and iconic landmarks such as the Buckingham Palace, the official London residence of the Queen; the London Eye, the third largest observation wheel in the world; the incredibly photo-worthy Piccadilly Circus; the iconic 19th-century built Tower Bridge; and Tower of London, the original royal fortress by the Thames.
Tripoli is approximately 21 hours away from Valletta by plane. Tripoli is the capital, largest city, principal harbour, and biggest commercial and manufacturing centre of the North African country of Libya. See the massive palace complex named the Assaraya al-Hamra (the Red Castle), a sprawling land with several courtyards, and also home to a number of classical statues and fountains from the Ottoman period; the intricately decorated Gurgi and Karamanli mosques; the city walls which one can climb to see great views of the city; the Bazaar for its traditional ware and fine jewellery and clothes; and the Jamahiriya Museum, the national museum of Libya, housing numerous artefacts from the country's Roman and Greek periods, including treasures from the World Heritage sites at Leptis Magna and Sabratha.
How to get out
Malta International Airport is served by several airlines, which operate domestic and international destinations. These airlines are Olympic Air-operated Aegean Airlines, airBaltic, Air Berlin, Air France, Air Malta, Air Serbia, Alitalia, British Airways, Brussels Airlines, Condor, easyJet, Emirates, Finnair, Jet2.com, Libyan Airlines, Lufthansa, Luxair, Medavia, Monarch Airlines, Niki¸ Norwegian Air Shuttle, Ryanair, Scandinavian Airlines, Swiss International Air Lines, Thomas Cook Airlines, Thomson Airways, Air Malta-operated Thomson Airways, Transavia.com, Transavia.com France, TUIfly, TunisAir Express, Turkish Airlines, Vueling, and Wizz Air. The airport operates scheduled and seasonal flights to numerous destinations like Cologne, Munich, London, Paris, Bucharest, Budapest, Moscow, Milan, Naples, Dubai, Helsinki, Munich, and more.