Malta International Airport is getting a huge revamp in a project that could create thousands of new jobs.
The area around the Gudja terminal is set for a massive €100 million transformation after being given the go-ahead by planning chiefs.
The ambitious plans include a new shopping centre, new leisure facilities, a new business hotel and more office space as well as a multi-storey underground car park.
The revamp of the airport was given the green light by the Malta Planning Authority.
MIA chief executive Alan Borg told 89.7 Bay: ‘Through this sizeable investment we expect to solidify Malta International Airport’s important role in the local economy, as we unlock its potential to welcome more tourists and generate further employment opportunities.
‘We also envisage that this programme will build on the successes of past investments and go on to grow the airport campus into a go-to destination for business and leisure.’
He said the proposed redevelopment would enhance Malta’s ‘connectivity to the rest of the world’.
Mr Borg added: ‘In line with the trend that is seeing airports move away from serving solely as passageways to the world, the company will also continue evolving the surrounding airport campus into a business and leisure complex, geared at providing high-quality facilities and more work opportunities.’
Work is expected to start on a new underground car park at the airport before the end of the year.
It will provide space for around 1,300 cars.
The airport’s new business centre, dubbed SkyParks 2, will house offices, shops and a business hotel.