Abandoned & Little-Known Airfields:
Malta, islands of Gozo and Comino
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Ta Lambert Added 13 Feb 2011 - Xewkija Heliport Added 13 Feb 2011
Air field Ta Lambert was an airfield on the island of Gozo in Malta
The airfield was built when the Allies needed more runways and parking area in preparation for the invasion of Sicily in 1943.
Nobody really knows why up to that time the island of Gozo had not had any airfields, while there were 7 on the (larger) island of Malta.
The United States mililtary looked into the possibilities, and kindly asked the bishop of Gozo (Mgr Gonzi) for permission to build one.
They chose the Ta Lambert site, and cleared the terrain in 6 days.
In one and a half weeks two runways had been prepared.
No photos of the airfield while in use have been located
Map op the Gozo airstrip
It is not known how many aircraft used the airfield, but a local source claims there were hundreds.
Ta Lambert airfield was closed down after only six weeks of intensive use.
One of the landing strips has been obliterated by the road from Mgarr to Victoria but the other one is still there.
It is overgrown with rubble and odd bits of machinery but not used either for agriculture or horticultural uses.
The terrain is still owned by the Maltese government
Runway: 10/28 - 174meters/571feet - concrete
Xewkija Heliport, or Gozo Heliport (ICAO: LMMG), is a small heliport on the island of Gozo in Malta, near the town of Xewkija.
It has two 22 meter wide helipads, connected by asphalt, forming a small 174 meter long runway.
The brand new heliport, located only a few dozen yards/meters south from Ta Lambert, was opened in 1996.
Xewkija Heliport in 2007
The heliport used to have scheduled services to Malta Airport, but the company that flew them seized to exist in 2004
From March 2005 till October 2006 the flights were done by Spanish company HelicÚpteros del Sureste.
Currently, no scheduled flights take place from the heliport, although Heli Link Malta offers flights between the heliport and Malta on request.
Currently it is being examined if the current short runway could be expanded to allow fixed wing aircraft STOL to land at Xewkija.
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