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New lounge at Malta International

31 Oct 2008 by Sara Turner

A new
airside business class lounge has been opened at Malta International airport
(MLA), replacing the existing lounge. As the only lounge at MLA, this is the
facility all business class passengers flying out of the airport will use,
including those travelling with Air Malta, British Airways, Lufthansa and
Emirates.

The lounge
is situated on the first floor, accessible to the right at the top of the
escalators (follow signposts for VIP lounge), and has free wifi, European and
British plugs, five internet terminals and televisions. Snacks are available
throughout the day, as well as four different meal services (breakfast, lunch,
tea and dinner).

Although
flights are not called, staff walk around to notify passengers when their
flight is departing. The whole lounge has windows looking out onto the front of
the airport and is air-conditioned. In one corner there is a glass-sided
smoking area.

The new
lounge has 120 seats, an increase on the 80 seats of the old lounge, which will
be particularly useful during the peak hours of 10.30am-1.30pm, when departures
by Lufthansa, Air Malta, Alitalia and Emirates used to cause congestion.

Emirates
flies five times weekly from Malta, rising to daily from December. With over
600,000 ethnic Maltese living in Australia, the main route between the two
countries is via Dubai, with the carrier using a B777 on the route. Malta’s
airport will see approximately 3,150,000 passengers in 2008 (up 5.5 per cent
from last year), 35 per cent of whom are flying to and from the UK.

The lounge
is open 24 hours a day and access will be available for one-off purchase at
check-in from January at a price of €29 per passenger. The airport also runs a
La Valette Club for frequent flyers, with two tier levels costing €190 or €750
per year (the latter includes free travel insurance, free parking in the
airport’s main car park, use of the lounges both on departure and arrival, and
the handling of banking requirements).

For more
information visit maltairport.com.

Report by
Tom Otley

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