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Old Jul 4, 17, 1:38 am
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Malta / Luqa / Airport / MLA

If you have lounge access (business class, Priority Pass or cash at the door) I highly recommend the La Valette Club at MLA. The lounge has a large outdoor smoking terrace with fantastic apron views (perfect for avgeeks).
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Old Jul 4, 17, 2:44 am
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Agreed, and have used it myself. Entry down to the left of Departures near Gate 1, and fairly clearly signposted. But surely it's part of the public Cafe, not the La Valette? At least, it was when I last used it.
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Old Jul 4, 17, 10:22 am
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Originally Posted by T8191 View Post
Agreed, and have used it myself. Entry down to the left of Departures near Gate 1, and fairly clearly signposted. But surely it's part of the public Cafe, not the La Valette? At least, it was when I last used it.
The cafe has its own smoking area I believe. I was referring to the lounge smoking area only (my only experience).
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Old Jul 4, 17, 11:48 am
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Originally Posted by starflyergold View Post
The cafe has its own smoking area I believe. I was referring to the lounge smoking area only (my only experience).
Ah, that's a new one on me! Our last MLA (2014) we had to go through the Cafe to reach the smoking deck area! What's the route from the La Valette now, then? The Cafe deck area was waaaaay down the Departures area, near Gate 1. Is there now a 'secret door'?

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Old Oct 1, 17, 4:51 am
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Having done a personal refresh of the facilities last week, I now understand!

There's the public smoking Terrace behind the Cafe at the left end of Departures, that I remembered, and which we checked out first ...
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... and then, as you noted earlier, the VIP Lounge terrace (La Valette)on the upper floor. Elevator access from the main Departures area, near W. H. Smiths. VERY comfortable, with nicely spaced seating, Mdina Glass ashtrays no less!, and a great view of the Ramp area.



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Old Jul 19, 20, 4:34 am
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As Malta starts to open up again to tourism, smokers should note that the La Valette Lounge outdoor terrace is 'temporarily [we hope] now non-smoking

Moreover, in line with the guidelines issued by the authorities to catering establishments, a table service will be introduced in lieu of the buffet option. Smoking guests may also wish to note that no smoking will be permitted on the terrace until further notice.
Source = https://lavaletteclub.com/reopening-...-vip-terminal/



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Old Jul 19, 20, 4:00 pm
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Are these the same areas

This article is dated July 1, 2020 and says smoking is permitted

https://lovinmalta.com/news/local/de...o-remain-open/

But this article dated June 16, 2020 (item 5) says no smoking allowed

https://lovinmalta.com/lifestyle/tra...en-it-reopens/
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Originally Posted by goalie View Post
Are these the same areas
No, they're different!

My link refers specifically to the outside upper floor La Valette Lounge Terrace. Your articles relate to the ground floor area behind the Cafe. Clearly the Airport/Cafe has had a change of heart, for which we're grateful!

My photos from 2017 have 'gone' ... here they are again!

2017 ... the La Valette area upstairs
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2017 - the Cafe area as it was.



2020 ... Cafe area now as per your 2nd link.

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Originally Posted by T8191 View Post
No, they're different!

My link refers specifically to the outside upper floor La Valette Lounge Terrace. Your articles relate to the ground floor area behind the Cafe. Clearly the Airport/Cafe has had a change of heart, for which we're grateful!

My photos from 2017 have 'gone' ... here they are again!

2017 ... the La Valette area upstairs
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2017 - the Cafe area as it was.



2020 ... Cafe area now as per your 2nd link.

Thanks for the clarification as I didn't want to have to put my moderator hat on and close this thread due to a default of no smoking
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