Located halfway between northern Africa and Europe, Malta’s geographical position in the heart of the Mediterranean has historically been of great strategic value for traders, merchants and military powers.
Malta International Airport’s mission is to operate in a sustainable manner, provide an enjoyable visitor experience, and deliver value to its stakeholders.
In 2019, Malta International Airport (MIA) welcomed over 7 million passengers of which around 2.7 million were inbound tourists. 33 airlines connected the Maltese islands to more than 125 destinations in 43 countries.
Airport activity at this level makes MIA one of the best connected in its class. In addition, economic activity involving aviation and non-aviation enterprises contributed to more than 20,000 jobs in 2019, representing 7% of all jobs in Malta. Since opening in 1992, and later becoming privatised in 2002, the air terminal has received continuous investment in infrastructure, equipment, personnel, and services. Malta’s airport features two runways and can land any class of commercial aircraft.
In 2002 Bianchi formed a consortium comprising of Vienna International Airport and SNC-Lavalin, which successfully bid for and acquired 40% of Malta International Airport. Bianchi Group remains active in the aviation sector and acts as advisors and consultants to main aircraft manufacturers and leasing companies, having also successfully concluded the fleet renewal of Air Malta, the national airline. Separately, together with the largest global airport retailer, Bianchi Group acquired the Duty Free operation at the Malta International Airport.