Velana International Airport (VIA) South West Apron’s first phase has been inaugurated in a colorful ceremony held today.
The first airline to park on the new apron in VIA was the national carrier of Maldives, Maldivian narrow-body aircraft which can accommodate over 200 passengers. The airline was on route from China/Bangkok and a warm welcome was given with a water salute to celebrate the inauguration of the event.
Hassan Areef, the Associate General Manager of Corporate Communication at MACL stated that the inauguration of the apron is a huge achievement and that the development of the new runway will have a major impact in improving the flight service.
The first phase of the apron consists of 70,000 square metre which can accommodate five wide-body aircraft and one narrow-body aircraft or two wide-body aircraft and seven narrow-body aircraft. Developed to meet the international airport standards, the second phase of the apron is expected to complete in the next 6 months.