VIA apron to cater larger commercial flights


Velana International Airport (VIA) have commenced works in developing their west-end apron to cater for larger commercial flights.

According to Maldives Airports Company Limited (MACL), the apron will be stretched out to allow for Airbus A380s to park.

As per the airport operator, the west-end apron will have a total of 35,000 square-meter of area repaired for this purpose.

“Once the work is completed, the apron will accommodate two Code-F mass stands. Two Airbus A380s can park at the same time,” MACL’s tweet read.

Meanwhile, the airport’s runway have been previously developed to cater landings from Airbus A380s – which are regarded as the largest commercial passenger class.

Earlier, a new apron was developed at the west-end of the Velana International Airport. The total apron stretches in 70,000 square meters, and was carried under two phases.

Moreover, contractors have been assigned to develop a new apron at the east-end of the airport which will stretch 55,300 square meters in size.

Furthermore, MACL confirms the new apron’s work is closing towards completion.

Reports confirm the completion of the newest apron will expand total apron capacity at VIA to 130,000 square meters, allowing 21 aircraft parking at the same time.

Maldives government initiated a mega project to develop the main aviation gateway in the country. The project worth USD800 million commenced during previous President Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom’s administration.