|Malta International Airport (IATA: MLA, ICAO: LMML), still referred to by locals as Luqa Airport, is located between Luqa and Gudja in Malta. It occupies the location of the former RAF Luqa. The completely re-furbished airport became fully operational on March 25, 1992.|
While most other airports serve large cities, Malta International Airport (MLA) serves the whole Maltese Archipelago. It is often mistakenly referred to by the foreign press as Valletta Airport despite the fact that Floriana, Blata-Bajda, Hamrun, Marsa, and Santa Lucia all lie between the capital, Valletta, and MIA. The distance from Valletta to MIA is about five miles (8 km).
Malta International Airport is fully equipped to international standards. It has two runways, one being 3,544 meters long by 60 meters wide and the other 2,377 by 45 meters wide. The 40,000 m≤ terminal complex houses the Departure and Arrival Halls, with spacious check-in, baggage claim and Welcomers' Halls, cafeterias, restaurants, tax-free shops, and other retail outlets, offices, stores, and other service areas. A special feature of the terminal complex is the presence of an additional tax-free shop for passengers arriving in Malta rather than departing.