27 July 2005

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Schengen Treaty implementation at MIA

Malta’s membership of the European Union and the consequent adherence to the Schengen Treaty requirements has led Malta International Airport plc to comply with the requisites imposed by the Treaty to ensure that works are completed within the stipulated datelines.
The Schengen Treaty has been signed by most European countries with the aim of alleviating border controls between signatory states. This effectively creates a single and wider external border whereby immigration control procedures are common to all adhering countries.
Preliminary works at MIA for the implementation of Schengen requirements have already been initiated and are on schedule. The entire project involves a Lm1.5 million investment and should be completed by the first quarter of 2007. This comprises the eventual expansion of the air terminal to provide a Schengen Arrivals’ area complete with all facilities and a direct transfer access to the respective Schengen and non-Schengen areas at the departures area. Other works scheduled in the project plans will include new retail outlets, the relocation of services and the structural segregation of Schengen and non-Schengen areas.
In this regard, illustrative billboards have been erected by MIA on the air terminal grounds depicting the works in course and regretting any undue inconvenience that may be caused to customers in the process.

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