Foundation work on the new runway at Velana International Airport has begun.
Speaking to “Sun” this Saturday, General Manager of Maldives Airports Company Limited (MACL), Hassan Areef said foundation work was launched with the begin of this June.
Hassan said the runway will have six layers, and that the first layer of cement for the foundation will be laid 270 millimeters thick.
The new runway at the national airport will be 3,400 meters long and 60 meters wide, and able to accommodate A380 aircrafts.
The runway project is contracted to Beijing Urban Construction Group (BUCG) for USD 400 million – USD 373 million of which is financed through loan assistance from China.
The larger airport development project includes building an 80,000-meter passenger terminal able to accommodate five million passengers. The terminal will house 40 departure gates and 38 immigration counters. Additional developments in the plans include 12 modern jetties, six aero bridges, a fuel hydrant system, and a high-explosive detection system.