ACI Europe awards Malta International Airport best airport accolade

Malta International Airport CEO Alan Borg accepting the award from Director General of Airports Council International (ACI) World Luis Felipe de Oliveira at the ACI Europe Best Airport Awards 2024 in Istanbul last night. Photo: Tadej Bernik and ACI Europe

Last Updated on Thursday, 4 July, 2024 at 12:49 pm by Andre Camilleri

Malta International Airport was announced as this year’s winner of the prestigious Best Airport Award in the 5-10 million passenger category during ACI Europe’s Best Airport Awards 2024 ceremony on Wednesday evening, beating stiff competition from shortlisted peers Brussels Charleroi Airport and Seville Airport.

The accolade was awarded to airports which showed exceptional resilience in 2023, particularly in the areas of strategic foresight, operational management and financial performance.

As Malta International Airport focused its efforts on establishing air links, diversifying revenue streams and laying the groundwork for the transformation of its campus in 2023, the airport ended the year among the top performing airports within the EU+ region, and a planned investment programme totalling €250 million.

“What we managed to achieve together this past year has far surpassed our expectations, and would not have been possible without the contributions of every member of the Malta Airport team and our stakeholders,” said Malta International Airport CEO Alan Borg, whilst thanking all airport employees for their collective efforts. “As we enter a truly transformational era for Malta International Airport, we will continue to build resilience into every facet of our operations to deliver a future-proof airport. We are not simply preparing for the future, but we are actively shaping it.”

As it eyes further growth, the company has embarked on an extensive terminal expansion project, the first phase of which is nearing completion, and is further digitising the passenger journey through the installation of new scanning equipment for hand luggage. The airport is also bolstering its infrastructure at airside, making significant headway on the Apron X development and laying the groundwork for the resurfacing of the primary runway.

From an operational perspective, the increased capacity resulting from these projects will not only enable Malta International Airport to handle rising traffic volumes, but will also support its workforce in upholding the high service quality standards that guests have become accustomed to. 

Concurrently, the airport is seizing opportunities to integrate environmental considerations into every aspect of its operations, with the two-fold aim of becoming a more efficient airport operator and benefitting the wider community. Further insight into the company’s strategy to reach its net zero carbon emissions target by 2050 will be made public in the coming weeks.  

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