Velana International Airport

Runway time increased to minimize airport crowding

Velana International Airport has decided to increase the runway service time to minimize crowding at the airport.

The runway currently closes from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m.

Maldives Airports Company Limited (MACL) today said that in an effort to accommodate faster landing at the airport during the high season with the increased domestic and international flights, they have decided to begin runway operations at 5 a.m. effective from today.

The change will be in effect until the end of January 2022.

During the current season, an average of 6,000 tourists are visiting the the Maldives daily. However, some flights are forced to queue for landing for up to 45 minutes due to the high number of flights.