VIA Sets New Records: Unprecedented Surge in Arrivals Signals Triumph for Tourism Sector

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In a historic moment for Velana International Airport, today marks the highest single-day arrival count in its history.

Maldives Airports Company Limited (MACL), the operator of Velana International Airport, announced that 10,386 passengers are expected to arrive today. This milestone represents the highest single-day arrival count in the airport’s history.

MACL expressed appreciation for the dedication of its staff and stakeholders, attributing this remarkable achievement to their collective efforts.

Emirates, operating three separate flights bound for Dubai, has brought in 354, 343, and 304 passengers, respectively. Notable arrivals also include Edelweiss Air from Zurich, transporting 286 passengers; Etihad Airways from Abu Dhabi with 274 passengers; SriLankan Airlines from Colombo, bringing 299 passengers; and Qatar Airways, conducting four flights en route to Doha, with passenger counts of 129, 283, 259, and 289.

Additionally, Singapore Airlines from Singapore is contributing 283 passengers, Turkish Airlines from Istanbul will bring 326 passengers, and Wizz Air from Abu Dhabi is expected to have 229 passengers.

These significant arrivals can be attributed to the high tourist occupancy in recent days.

Currently, Velana Airport has an annual capacity of 3.5 million passengers. The new terminal, expected to commence operations by the year-end, will increase the capacity to seven million passengers per annum.

Looking forward, a 20-year master plan project is in the planning stages. This multi-billion-dollar initiative aims to transform the airport to accommodate 25 million passengers annually, equivalent to 4,000 passengers per hour.

Velana International Airport, inaugurated in 1960, was constructed through the voluntary work of Maldivian citizens under the guidance of then-Prime Minister Ibrahim Nasir. The airport witnessed its first commercial plane landing on April 10, 1962, with an Air Ceylon Flight. Subsequent developments occurred under the leadership of President Maumoon Abdul Gayoom and President Abdulla Yaameen.

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