Maldives Airports Company Limited (MACL) has announced that the new runway of Velana International Airport (VIA) will commence operation in October.
MACL stated that the new runway is currently in its testing phases. As such, the company revealed flight collaboration testing phases of the new runway will commence very soon. The company said the new runway should be brought to operation by October.
The new VIA runway is 3,400m long and 65m wide and can accommodate wide-bodied passenger aircraft such as the A380. The runway was developed by China based-Beijing Urban Construction Group (BUCG) at a cost of USD400 million. The project was funded by a loan provided by China-based Axis Bank Limited.