Thou­sands of pas­sen­gers fly­ing home for the hol­i­days through MIA

• Over 130,000 pas­sen­gers to pass through MIA this fes­tive sea­son • Pas­sen­ger move­ments ex­pected to peak on the 22nd and 29th of De­cem­ber • Free air­port ac­tiv­i­ties and Christ­mas treats for pas­sen­gers of all ages

The Malta Business Weekly - - NEWS -

Christ­mas is just around the cor­ner, which means that many peo­ple are pack­ing their bags and head­ing home for the hol­i­days. This fes­tive sea­son is set to be a par­tic­u­larly busy one at Malta Air­port, where the team is ex­pect­ing to wel­come over 130,000 pas­sen­gers be­tween the 22nd and the 31st of De­cem­ber.

This hol­i­day sea­son’s busiest days, which are ex­pected to fall on Satur­day the 22nd and Satur­day the 29th of De­cem­ber, will see around 16,500 guests pass­ing through the air­port.

De­cem­ber tends to be a hec­tic month for the air travel in­dus­try. For this rea­son, pas­sen­gers are ad­vised to check in from home, and ar­rive at the air­port at least two hours be­fore their flight is due to de­part in or­der to drop off their lug­gage and get through se­cu­rity screen­ing as swiftly as pos­si­ble. Pas­sen­gers are also re­minded to make sure any home-brought gifts are wrapped at their fi­nal des­ti­na­tion, in or­der to ad­here to the air­port’s se­cu­rity reg­u­la­tions.

Early birds who get to the De­par­tures Hall with time to spare will be able to treat them­selves to some fes­tive good­ies, in­clud­ing imqaret and qagħaq tal-għasel, from the air­port’s fairy cart. They can also sip on a cup of mulled wine while get­ting some last-minute Christ- mas shop­ping done.

The air­port team isn’t just hand­ing out free food and drinks this fes­tive sea­son though – make sure to look out for the air­port’s red and blue gift boxes, which have been de­signed specif­i­cally to keep gifts safe un­til they ar­rive at their in­tended des­ti­na­tion.

Christ­mas elves are ready and wait­ing at the kids’ area at De­par- tures, stocked with lots of games as well as a craft station to en­sure that any wait-time flies by for young jet­set­ters trav­el­ling dur­ing the hol­i­days.

Those who have opted for a stay­ca­tion this year are still wel­come to head to the air­port this De­cem­ber, even if it’s just to ad­mire the Christ­mas dec­o­ra­tions set up all around the ter­mi­nal or to see the spec­tac­u­lar crib, hand-crafted by a mem­ber of the air­port team, Benny Camil­leri, that’s on dis­play on level 3.

Chil­dren of all ages can also join in the fes­tiv­i­ties at the food court, which will be bustling with ac­tiv­ity be­tween Fri­day 21st De­cem­ber and Wednesday 2nd Jan­uary, when the Christ­mas Kids’ Club lands at Malta In­ter­na­tional Air­port.

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