Island-hopping is an activity usually associated with the Caribbean Sea and the torturous experience courtesy of the local monopolist LIAT, but here is one example from another part of the world, the Mediterranean. A commercial flight of the “Emirates” connects the islands of Cyprus and Malta nonstop with perfect on-board service. Air Malta participates in the venture with code-share agreement which in turn gives customers a chance for price comparisons. In February 2015 Malta’s offer worked out to be approximately 100USD less for one-way trip for the same plane and schedule.
Malta's airport is located just five kilometers from Valletta in Luqa, and is typically referred to as Luqa Airport. It's a very busy airport for such a small island, and has international flights all over Europe and North Africa. Along with multiple budget airlines and charter flights for holiday makers, Air Malta is a major national airline too.
When I landed at Luqa I was expecting a bumpy ride. Being a flat island in the middle of the Mediterranean, the wind can get quite strong, and when I touched down in December it was nearing gale force. But the landing was remarkably smooth. That's because the Maltese have cleverly built the landing strip running towards the North-West where its strong winds usually come from. That means typically no nasty side winds.
The airport is very easy to get to. You could even walk it in about an hour if you had no baggage. Express buses serving Valletta are number X4, X5 and X7.
The national airline of Malta is Air Malta - the airline operates services to 36 destinations in Europe and North Africa. The airline's hub and base is at Malta International Airport, Malta. Between 2002 and 2007, Air Malta embarked upon a fleet replacement programme, opting to change all aircraft to Airbus A319s and A320s.
For online bookings consult the airline web page.
Flight Information: +356 5004 3333
General Enquiries: +356 2124 9600 (24 hour service)
Passenger Services Department: +356 2124 9600 (24 hour service)
+356 2369 6292/6187 (Office hours 08.00 hrs to 17.00 hrs Monday to Friday)
Baggage Services: +356 2369 6063/4
24 hour Luggage Deposit: +356 2369 6012/6120
Airport Police Station: +356 2122 2942, 2369 6396