Velana International Airport (VIA) today celebrated its 55th anniversary in a special ceremony held at the airport.
The celebration was marked with a special flag raising ceremony which was attended by Tourism Minister Dr. Abdulla Mausoom along with Maldives Airports Company Limited (MACL)’s CEO Gordon Andrew Stewart.
Speaking exclusively to Dhidaily, MACL’s CEO Gordon Andrew Stewart said he is very excited about the upcoming development projects at VIA. The most recent developments at VIA include the new CIP terminal and seaplane terminal, scheduled to open within the next 3 or 4 months. Moreover, the new runway is set to be open later this year.
He further added that VIA is a great place for locals to build their career prospects, especially in project management, airplane planning, and for young architects and engineers.
Velana International Airport (VIA) is the main international airport in the Maldives. It is located on Hulhulé Island in the North Malé Atoll.
The airport first started out as a small strip of land on the then inhabited island of Hulhulé. Hulhulé Airport was opened on 19 October 1960.
In May 1964, the government and the people of Malé worked together to construct a new asphalt runway. The new runway was opened on 12 April 1966 by Late President Ibrahim Nasir.
It is managed financially and administratively by an independent corporate company called Maldives Airports Company Limited (MACL). Maldives Airports Company Ltd (MACL) was formed on 1 January 1994 to operate and manage the Male’ International Airport. MACL is governed by the board of directors appointed by the President of the Maldives.