ASWC will enhance aviation growth: MACL Chief

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The Air Service World Congress will enhance growth of the Maldivian aviation industry, said Maldives Airports Company Limited (MACL) Managing Director Ibrahim Shareef Mohamed.

He made the remarks while speaking at the welcoming ceremony of the 7th Air Service World Congress (ASWC) held at Sheraton Maldives Full Moon Resort & Spa on Tuesday afternoon, July 09, 2024.

While speaking at the event, Shareef noted the congress serves as a vital platform for airlines, airports and tourism authorities and industry stakeholders to come together to drive forward the development of the global air services.

Speaking in this regard, Shareef said Velana International Airport (VIA) – the local host of this year’s ASWC operated under MACL – is not just a gateway to the Maldives, but a symbol of the country’s progress and testament to MACL and the country’s commitment to excellence in aviation and hospitality.

“Over the past few years, we have undertaken extensive modernization and expansion projects to enhance our infrastructure and capacity. These developments are crucial as they enable us to welcome a growing number of visitors from around the globe,” Shareef said.

He also said that Maldives President Dr. Mohamed Muizzu and his government has a strategic approach to expand VIA as a hub for economic development, while MACL envisions to position VIA as a premier hub in the Indian Ocean region.

While highlighting the tourism industry’s vital role in the Maldives economy, and the industry’s 28% contribution to the national GDP, Shareef said the advancements at VIA have been pivotal in supporting the tourism sector.

He also highlighted the prioritization given towards sustainability and sustainable practices in the infrastructure development project of the airport.

“Our airport development project incorporates eco-friendly practices, renewable energy sources and innovative solutions to minimize our carbon footprint.”

He ended the speech by inviting the participants of this year’s ASWC to explore the possibilities of building mutually beneficial and lasting relationships.

The Air Service World Congress 2024 is the first-ever route development congress to be held in the Maldives, and attracted over 150 delegates from 27 airlines, 17 airports and other aviation industry stakeholders.

While the welcoming ceremony was held at Sheraton Maldives, the networking and special events will take place at SAii Lagoon Maldives by Curio Collection, CROSSROADS Maldives and the main event will proceed at Kurumba Maldives.

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