Maldives Velana International adds parking slot capacity

Aircraft parked at Velana International Airport at sunset.
Photo Credit: Velana International Airport

In anticipation of the winter super peak, Velana International Airport (VIA) in the Maldives is gearing up for an unprecedented surge in jet arrivals.

The latest expansion in parking slots, specifically the newly developed RAMP areas, marks a new achievement for the airport, positioning VIA to effortlessly handle a historic number of 68 jets simultaneously.

A Leap in Capacity and Efficiency

Before the strategic development of these designated parking slots, Velana could host a maximum of 39 aircraft.

However, the recent enhancements, strategically placed in front of the new Fuel Farm and at the southwest corner, have revolutionized the airport’s capabilities, allowing it to cater to 68 jets concurrently.

Photo Credit: Velana International Airport


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Slot Breakdown

Let’s delve into the specifics of this new expansion:

  1. North Apron: 13 parking slots
  2. East Apron: 26 parking slots
  3. New GA Parking in front of Fuel Farm: 13 parking slots
  4. New GA Parking South: 16 parking slots

This meticulous allocation demonstrates a well-thought-out plan to optimize the available space and streamline operations for maximum efficiency.

Photo Credit: Velana International Airport

MACL’s Role in Facilitating Growth

A key player in this transformative journey is the Maldives Airports Company Limited (MACL). Their commitment to expanding operations and services is evident in the development of 27,257 sqm of parking area.

The new parking area is located on the southwest side and an additional 27,590 sqm in the north, strategically placed in front of the new fuel farm.

Meeting the Winter Peak Demand

These initiatives are not merely infrastructural expansions; they are a response to the escalating demand for air travel to the Maldives during the winter peak.

As the tropical paradise becomes a sought-after destination, VIA is poised to ensure a seamless and enjoyable travel experience for all visitors.

Photo Credit: Velana International Airport

The Impact on General Aviation

The newly designated parking areas for General Aviation (GA) aircraft play a pivotal role in this expansion.

Not only does it increase VIA’s overall capacity, but it also underscores the airport’s commitment to accommodating diverse aviation needs.

General Aviation enthusiasts can also now experience the convenience of enhanced parking facilities, making VIA a preferred choice for a wide range of aircraft.

The Winter Peak Advantage

As winter sets in and the influx of travelers peaks, VIA’s readiness for the super peak is evident.

The expanded parking slots translate to quicker turnaround times for arriving and departing flights, minimizing delays and enhancing overall travel experience.

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By Len Varley - Assistant Editor 3 Min Read
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