VIA expect swifter operations with new seaplane terminal, runway


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Airport operations at Velana International Airport (VIA) will become swifter following the opening of new seaplane terminal and runway, says Mahujoob Shujau.

The Managing Director of Maldives Airports Company Limited (MACL) made the remarks at the opening ceremony of the said establishments in the airport venue. Mr. Shujau viewed the new runway opening as a significant milestone in the history of the venue’s progress.

The new airport runway is comparatively larger than the one used so far, with the capacity to accommodate larger aircraft, such as the Airbus A380, landings.

Mr. Shujau also remarked that with the new runway, it marks the first time in the airport’s history where the tarmac is operated simultaneously with a taxiway. He made emphasis on the landscape development, adding it will greatly speed up overall operations.

“Airport’s throughput will increase from 8 to 12, while landing intervals will reduce from 10 minutes to 3 minutes. Runways will now be cleared at most within a minute,” Mr. Shujau said.

Apart from the runway, the new “Noovilu” seaplane terminal came to operation.

According to MACL MD, the new terminal holds capacity to provide previously fragmented services under one roof. With the new seaplane terminal, airport venue has freed up additional space for various support services.

“The airport will now feature everything a modern airport should have,” said MACL Chairman Mohamed Umar Manik.

Mr. Manik in his speech, made emphasis on the economic contributions of the airport. He identified the gateway as the main tourism inflow channel to the Maldives.