The Maldives Airports Company Limited (MACL) has confirmed the newly developed runway at Velana International Airport (VIA) will be used on official capacity by second quarter of 2020.
The new runway completed its development in 2019 and had test flights landing on the patch following it.
The news of the new runway’s utilization by second quarter of 2020 was confirmed through MACL’s Associate General Manager Hassan Areef on Monday, 06 January.
VIA has faced several issues with having just one runway for flights to land and take-off, with recent increase in flight movements to the venue.
The new runway was developed in hopes to douse the woes faced by the prime international airport in managing aircraft movement.
The runway first completed its development circle back in 2018, with the then president of Maldives Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom opening the patch on 05 September of the same year.
An A380 test flight landed on the new runway following the opening. However, the patch has not been utilized on official capacity since its unveiling over several associated work remaining incomplete.
However, in 2019 all associated works regarding the runway came full circle in completion.
Maldives Government took a loan of USD373 million from China’s Axim Bank for the project.
The project was contracted to Beijing Urban Construction Group (BUCG) which is a world-renowned corporation with expertise in the field.
The new runway spans 3,400 meters in length and 60 meters in width.