NewsJanuary 10, 2024

VIA Makes History with Record-Breaking Air Traffic Movements in a Single Day

Velana International Airport (VIA), the renowned gateway to the Maldives, announces a groundbreaking achievement with a record-breaking number of Air Traffic Movements (ATMs) in a single day. On Saturday, January 6, 2024, VIA recorded 925 ATMs, marking the highest number of airplane movements ever recorded in the history of the airport. This surpasses the previous record of 861 ATMs in a single day.

The breakdown of ATMs is as follows:


•    Seaplane Movements: 672
•    International Movements: 104
•    Domestic Movements: 116
•    AD-HOC Movements: 33

The contribution and support from both domestic and international airlines, as well as seaplane operators, have played a pivotal role in achieving this historic milestone. Additionally, the 672 Air Traffic Movements from seaplanes on January 6, 2024, set a new record, surpassing the previous record of 659 seaplane movements on January 2, 2024. It is important to note that every take-off and touchdown is considered an Air Traffic movement.

Mr Ibrahim Thoha, Deputy Managing Director of Maldives Airports Company, expressed their gratitude, stating, “This achievement is a testament to the collaborative efforts of all stakeholders involved. We extend our sincere thanks to the airlines and operators for their exceptional support in making this record-breaking day possible.”