March 25, 1992
A new airport in the Republic of Malta, a country consisting of an archipelago in the Mediterranean Sea, first became fully operational. This airport is in the town of Luqa, which is only 3.1 miles (five kilometers) southwest of Malta’s capital of Valletta. The specific island on which the airport is located is likewise named Malta; it is the largest of the three major islands that constitute the Maltese archipelago.
Malta International Airport first went into full-scale service a little over six weeks after it had been officially dedicated by Edoardo “Eddie” Fenech Adami, the country’s prime minister. (Adami served as prime minister from 1987 to 1996 and again between 1998 and 2004; he went on to serve as Malta’s president from 2004 to 2009.) This airport replaced a passenger air terminal that had been in service at that site since 1958.
Malta International Airport — also known as Luqa International Airport — is that country’s only active airport. It serves as the main hub for the airlines Air Malta and Medavia.
Photo Credit: Enrique Íñiguez Rodríguez (licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 4.0 International license at https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0/deed.en)
For more information on the history of Malta International Airport, please check out https://www.maltairport.com/corporate/about-the-airport/history/
A video of this airport is available at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EwZW6xaqMdA