The Velana International Airport on Tuesday (February 1) operationalised a new runway developed as part of the ongoing airport expansion project.
The airport operator started using the new runway as a parallel taxiway, doubling the number of aircraft accommodated per hour from eight to 16 planes.
The new runway was completed in 2018 but cannot be used for takeoff and landing until the old Trans Maldivian Airways terminal is demolished. Construction of a spacious new seaplane terminal was completed last year and airlines are in the process of relocating.
The new code-F runway with 3400 meters in length and 60 meters in width will allow VIA to accommodate A380 Aircraft.