Land reclamation completed for new seaplane terminal

Aerial view of the newly reclaimed land for development of VIA's new seaplane terminal. PHOTO/MACL

Aerial view of the newly reclaimed land for development of VIA’s new seaplane terminal. PHOTO/MACL

Maldives Airports Company Ltd (MACL) announced that reclamation of 3.2 hectares of land for the new seaplane terminal to be developed at the Maldives’ main airport ended last week.

The land was reclaimed in the lagoon behind the Air Traffic Control Tower in the east of Hulhule island. Reclamation began last April 26 under the USD 30 million (MVR 462.6 million) project to develop Velana International Airport (VIA)’s new seaplane terminal.

According to MACL, the new terminal will take up 18,000 square metres of the reclaimed land while 14,000 square meters are allocated for the seaplane hangar.

MACL’s Managing Director Adil Moosa stated Tuesday that development of the terminal will be awarded to a contractor very soon. He estimated that the project will be completed within the next year.

“After completion, everything will be handed over to seaplane operators.”

Describing plans for the spacious four-storey seaplane terminal, MD Adil said that it will include all necessary facilities for passengers, including restaurants and lounges.

MACL reiterated that the current seaplane terminal will be closed afterwards, and the land cleared to be added to VIA’s second runway, which will measure 3,400 metres in length and 60 metres in width after completion.

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