Record number of air traffic movements in VIA on Jan 2

A record number of flight movements took place at Maldives' main international airport, Velana International Airport (VIA), on January 2.

Statistics released by airport operator Maldives Airports Company Limited (MACL) showed 826 flight movements took place in VIA on Sunday. This includes 233 runway movements and 593 seaplane movements.

MACL said the previous record for the most number of flight movements was on January 5, 2020. 811 movements were recorded on the date.

According to official statistics released by the Tourism Ministry, 29 airlines were operating to the Maldives by the end of 2021. Last year, a total of 20,490 movements were recorded from these airlines.