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New cargo terminal at Velana International Airport opens

President Mohamed Muizzu officially inaugurated the new cargo terminal at the Velana International Airport on Monday. Vice President Hussain Mohamed Latheef and senior government officials also attended the opening ceremony of the new cargo terminal held at Velana International Airport. Following the inauguration of the new terminal, the President carried out inspections. The President recently […]

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Maldives’ main airport sets new air traffic movement record

Velana International Airport (VIA) achieved a new milestone in air traffic movement, with a record-breaking 925 movements recorded on Saturday, as reported by the Maldives Airports Company Limited (MACL). This surpasses the previous highest daily air traffic movement of 861, marking a seven percent increase. On this noteworthy day, VIA saw a total of 104 […]

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Record-breaking seaplane movements mark booming tourist season in Maldives

In a remarkable turn of events, Velana International Airport in the Maldives witnessed an unprecedented surge in seaplane movements last Tuesday, setting a new record for the highest number of flights in a single day. According to the Maldives Airports Company Limited (MACL), a total of 649 seaplane movements were recorded on the second day […]

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VIA’s second phase inaugurated: 25m passengers, terminals for jets and low-cost carriers

President Mohamed Muizzu on Thursday launched the second phase of the development of Maldives’ main Velana International Airport (VIA) and economic zone to cater to 25 million passengers. Speaking at the function held at Dharubaaruge Thursday evening, the president stated that the project embodies the aspirations of every Maldivian citizen. He emphasised that this development […]

Shareef appointed MACL managing director

Ibrahim Shareef Mohamed, who has held senior positions in various governments, has been appointed as the Managing Director of Maldives Airports Company Limited (MACL). Shareef, who most recently served as Maldives’ Trade Representative in Australia, has previously held roles as Commissioner General of Customs and Chairman of the Transport Authority. With a career in public […]

Muizzu says several new VIA terminal works uncontracted

President-elect Dr. Mohamed Muizzu visited Velana International Airport (VIA) on Sunday to assess the progress of the new international terminal project. During his visit, Muizzu emphasised that the contractor, Saudi Bin Laden Group, has not been assigned to complete crucial tasks necessary for the terminal’s operation. The Saudi Bin Laden Group was awarded the terminal […]

New VIA terminal completion by Sep 2024, says president-elect

President-elect Dr. Mohamed Muizzu expressed his confidence on Sunday that the new terminal of Velana International Airport (VIA) will be completed by September. He was welcomed by the Maldives National Association of Construction Industry (MACI) and the National Federation of Maldivian Employees (NFME) at Hotel Jen on Sunday evening. Muizzu highlighted the importance of completing […]

Hotelier Maldives GM Forum 2023: President-elect says aim to complete VIA new terminal by 2024 peak season

President-elect Dr Mohamed Muizzu on Thursday revealed plans to expedite the construction of Velana International Airport’s (VIA) new terminal, with the goal of finishing the project by next year’s peak season. Speaking at the Hotelier Maldives GM Forum held at Bandos Maldives resort, Muizzu emphasised the crucial role the new terminal plays in the tourism […]

New $100m Saudi loan for Maldives’ main airport development

Saudi Arabia has extended a financial lifeline to the Maldives by granting $150 million (MVR 2.3 billion) in new loans, as confirmed by Finance Minister Ibrahim Ameer in a statement to local media on Sunday. The allocation of this funding includes: $100 million designated for the completion of the Velana International Airport (VIA) development project. […]

Velana International Airport to host Air Service World Congress 2024

Maldives Airports Company Limited (MACL) has announced that Velana International Airport (VIA) will be the official host of the prestigious Air Service World Congress 2024. This marks a historical milestone as it is the first time the Maldives will host this esteemed global event. The Air Service World Congress 2023 event held at Oakland, San […]

Velana International Airport – Gearing Up for the Future

Velana International Airport (VIA), which served 4.9 million passengers in 2018, has embarked on the largest development project in the history of the Maldives by investing over $1 billion to revolutionise VIA into a world-class airport. This transformation will increase the passenger handling capacity and improve the operational efficiency of the airport, enabling it to […]

An Issue of Connectivity: AUM Fawzy, Trans Maldivian Airways

99% water and 1% land is how we often describe the Maldives; not only to ourselves but also to visiting tourists. Stories of long voyages on sea by sail, sometimes drifting to far away lands by the wind and current, are the stuff of folklore. Then came George Corbin and decided Kurumba was paradise; which […]

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