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Velana International Airport To Begin Use Of The New Runway As A Taxi Way


The maiden flight to Velana International Airport’s new runway was operated back in 2018 but the new runway remained unused to this day.

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The new runway can only be operational for takeoff and landing once the new seaplane terminal can be fully functional with Trans Maldivian Airways terminal area entirely removed which is in close proximity of the new runway blocking its operation.


To ease operations Maldives Airports Company Limited (MACL) has said they’ll begin to use the new runway as a taxiway in order to smoothen operations at Velana International Airport.


Airplanes will be able to land and exit the runway without having to backtrack which would allow additional airplanes to takeoff and land without needing to wait for the runway to be clear.


With the changes, the airport will be able to accommodate 16 arrivals which will be double its current capacity.


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