Review: Best Airline Lounges At Malta International Airport (MLA)


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Malta International Airport (MLA) is an international airport on the island of Malta, and we review the best airline and Priority Pass lounges at this airport.

Malta can sometimes be overlooked by the luxury traveler but make no mistake, it’s a stunningly beautiful island with a rich and fascinating historic past, some lovely beaches and a laid-back vibe. It’s just about knowing where to stay, which of course, we can help with.

We have already reviewed the best luxury hotels in Malta and the best executive club lounges Malta. Now we look at the best airport lounges at Malta Airport.

Malta International Airport offers two luxury lounges for passengers who want a little extra privacy and comfort while they travel. Travelers can use the La Valette Club Lounge in the Departures area, while new arrivals at the airport enjoy a separate lounge accessed through the baggage reclaim area.

Malta International Airport’s La Valette Club Lounges feature comfortable sofas, complimentary snacks, and beverages (alcoholic and non-alcoholic), TVs, flight monitors, Wi-Fi, Internet terminals, newspapers, and magazines.

Free Airport Lounge Access

If you have not paid for Business Class or First Class, you can still access lounges at this airport for a fee or for free if you have a Priority Pass. Get an unlimited Priority Pass with the Amex Platinum card, or you can also access most Priority Pass lounges for free using the free American Express Gold with its two free Lounge Club passes. To get extra referral points and advice on these free-lounge-access cards and more, have a read of our best credit cards for luxury travel.

1. La Valette Club Lounge in Departures

The best and only airline departures lounge at Malta International Airport (MLA) is the third party La Valette Club Lounge in departures which is located Airside. It is actually a rather nice lounge and you will have access to this lounge if you are flying Business Class on British Airways, Alitalia, Air Malta, Emirates, EgyptAir, Libyan Airlines, Turkish Airlines, and SAS.

You can also pay to access this lounge by buying a €35 EUR pass plus it is a Priority Pass and Lounge Pass lounge so you can get in with these passes which you may have for free with your credit card.

The lounge is not large but is nice looking with chocolate and cream seating on a chocolate brown flooring. There are big windows on one side and a decent buffet. There’s also an outdoor terrace offering fantastic views. Seating is available as cafe seats, sofas, bucket seats, and loungers.

The food includes pastries and pre-prepared sandwiches (egg and ham), veggies, whole fruit, bread, and slices of cake. Drinks are also plentiful with free spirits, 3 red and white wines, soft drinks, and a Lavazza coffee machine.

Other than the above, there’s a small business area with 4 computers to use within the lounge.

2. La Valette Club Lounge in Arrivals

After disembarkation, make the wait for your luggage seem shorter by treating yourself to the added comfort of the Arrivals lounge located in the baggage reclaim area. There are light refreshments and the lounge has free Wi-Fi and a flight information monitor.

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