Noovilu Seaplane Terminal at Velana International Airport (VIA) won the 2022 Global Best Projects Awards of Engineering News Record (ENR) winning the award in Merit of Airport/ port category.
Maldives Airports Company Limited (MACL), the operator of VIA received the award on the 10th annual ENR Global Projects Awards held virtually on 12th December 2022.
This year, there was a total of 18 winning categories which include 34 projects located in 18 different countries.
ENR Global Best Projects identifies and recognizes the team’s effort to build the facility on time by overcoming the COVID-19 pandemic travel restrictions, workers shortage, and supply-chain disruptions.
Also, the team’s effort is to meet the environmental requirements of the Maldives and establish processes during construction to mitigate impacts on the surrounding coral reefs and marine environment and minimize damage to marine biodiversity.
Noovilu Seaplane Terminal is the biggest seaplane terminal in the world which has a floating dock area that can accommodate more than 55 seaplanes.
A four-story, 28,000-sq-meter terminal contains spacious lounges and boarding gates, along with office and operational spaces.
MACL began operations of the new facility on 6th October 2022.