The Island Airport VIA, Gearing Up for the Future

Adil Moosa, Managing Director of Maldives Airports Company, stated that Velana International airport is all set for the future with a number of developments already underway.

Velana International Airport (VIA) has been serving as the main gateway to passengers travelling to Maldives for over 51 years. In order to revolutionise and establish the airport we see today into a world class airport, the Government of Maldives has planned an ambitious project worth over $1 billion. The new development includes a new passenger terminal building, new runway, new fuel farm, new cargo terminal complex and a new seaplane terminal.


The new international passenger terminal building designed to offer IATA level B service will have an increased built-up area of more than 78,000square metres, accommodating up to 7.5 million passengers annually. Further developments include aero boarding bridges and state-ofthe- art baggage handling systems. The new terminal building will eliminate the space constraints faced by the existing terminal and host a range of F&B outlets, retail spaces, lounges and other services.


The new code-F runway, which will measure 3,400 metres in length and 60 metres in width, will be constructed 190 metres offset from the existing runway. With this development, VIA will be able to accommodate A380 aircraft which is the largest in commercial operations today. Upon completion, Instrument Landing Systems will be installed on both sides of the runway with ICAO category 1 Approach Lights leading to shorter turnaround time.


Located away from the operation area at the north west of VIA, the new fuel storage will be approximately 37,000 square metres, which is roughly three times the size of the current fuel farm. With this development, the fuel farm will hold 45 million litres of Jet A1 fuel, one million litres of diesel and 100,000 litres of petrol. Along with new fuel storage expansion, there will be fuel hydrant system installed at VIA improving safety and shortening service time for the airlines.


The 12,000 square metre Cargo Terminal Complex will come with an Export and Import Terminal along with a host of office spaces. Located at the western side of VIA, the new Cargo Terminal Complex will come with cranes for loading and unloading cargo equipped with modern facilities. It is estimated that 120,000 tonnes per year will be processed which is more than 50 per cent of the present cargo terminal. NEW SEAPLANE TERMINAL

VIA houses the largest seaplane fleet in the world. The new seaplane terminal project, designed to international standards with full NFPA fire compliances, will include a common seaplane terminal and a seaplane maintenance facility or MRO. This new facility will accommodate more than 80 seaplanes on docks which is 50 per cent more than the existing docks. The four-storey modern seaplane terminal will have new facilities such as VVIP areas and dedicated arrival lobbies. Additionally, the 28,000 square metres of floor space will accommodate spacious lounges, extra boarding gates and can provide a host of office spaces.

Hall 5.2a / Stand 107