Malta’s airport will double in size in a massive €100 million expansion programme.
Bosses promised that the project, which is expected to begin this year, will create a ‘five-star’ terminal ‘that the Maltese Islands can be proud of’.
It will include 25 more check-in desks, four new security lanes and 15 more gates in the departure lounge.
Airport chief executive Alan Borg said: ‘The terminal expansion project will equip us with the capacity to handle further traffic growth and enable us to offer a 5-star airport experience.
‘This will be achieved through a combination of increased operational space, a superior food and retail offering, a stronger sense of place, and the use of cutting-edge technologies’.
He said the design of the expanded terminal would ‘capture the spirit of the Maltese Islands particularly through the use of traditional patterns and materials, colours that are evocative of the sea and clear skies, and a play of light so as to bring to the building the warmth that Malta and its people are known for.
He added: ‘I want it to look like an airport in Malta, not just any other airport.’
Mr Borg said that passenger forecasts indicated that numbers will rise by around three per cent in 2020 to reach more than 7.5 million.
Malta’s tourism minister Julia Farrugia Portelli told 89.7 Bay: ‘The terminal expansion project is another great investment that will certainly leave a positive impact on our tourism industry.’