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The country is made up of three main islands: Malta, Gozo and Comino. All flights into the country arrive via Malta International Airport (MLA), known by locals as ‘Luqa’. It is situated 5 kilometres (3.1 miles) or a 20-minute drive from Malta’s capital, Valletta.
Ryanair offers plenty of cheap flights to Malta, departing from Manchester (MAN), Birmingham (BHX), Bristol (BRS), Bournemouth (BOH), Edinburgh (EDI), Leeds Bradford (LBA), Liverpool (LPL), London Luton (LTN), London Stansted (STN), Glasgow (GLA) and Dublin (DUB).
Alternatively, easyJet flies from London Gatwick (LGW), Manchester and Newcastle (NCL). National airline Air Malta flies from London Heathrow (LHR), Gatwick, Birmingham, Manchester, Glasgow, Edinburgh, Bristol, Leeds Bradford, Cardiff (CWL) and Exeter (EXT), though some flights are seasonal.
British Airways offers a Gatwick service, and during summer months Thomson flies from Gatwick, Manchester, Birmingham, Exeter, Bristol and Cardiff, and Thomas Cook flies from Gatwick, Manchester, Birmingham and Bristol. Jet2 also offers cheap seasonal flights to Malta, departing from Manchester, Leeds Bradford, Newcastle, Glasgow and East Midlands (EMA).
Generally speaking, the best time to search for cheap Malta flights is during the quieter months between October and March. Hotels also tend to drop their prices around this time, boosting your chances of bagging a bargain break. Even so, it’s worth bearing in mind most carriers don’t fly as frequently in winter.
Malta’s cheapest flights can be found quickly and easily using TravelSupermarket’s comparison tool.
Flying isn’t the only way to get there. If you’ve got time to spare and fancy visiting the Italian island gem of Sicily, how about flying to Sicily’s Palermo airport (PMO) before catching a ferry to Malta? You could see some of Sicily’s most iconic sights – including Mount Etna’s snow-capped peak and the sand-coloured Greek temples at Agrigento – before boarding the ferry. What a way to start a Mediterranean adventure!
Virtu Ferries runs an express service every day of the week from the Sicilian ports of Pozzallo and Catania to Marsa in Malta. The ferry from Catania takes around four hours (stopping at Pozzallo to pick up more passengers) and is suitable for travellers arriving on foot and by car.
But beware: Virtu only run their services in good weather so be sure to check the weather forecast before arriving at the terminal. Tickets are valid for a period of three months in case of delays or cancellations.