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New passenger terminal work commences next month

President lays foundation to the new passenger terminal at Velana International Airport. | Photo: Ahmed Shurau \ Avas

Maldives Airports Company Limited (MACL) has confirmed the new international passenger terminal at Velana International Airport (VIA) will commence its official work the upcoming month.

According to MACL's Managing Director Adil Moosa said piling works at the new passenger service terminal will commence next month. The new terminal works are under Saudi's Bin-Laden Group - the corporation accepted the project at USD 300 million.

The new passenger terminal is enacted at an area of 80,000 square feet with the finished terminal facilitating a total of 5 million passengers.

New international passenger terminal includes;

1. 40 departure gates
2. 38 Immigration Counters
3. 12 state-of-the-art jetties
4. 6 aero bridges [expanded to 4 more]
5. state-of-the-art luggage screening and baggage service belts
6. High Explosive Detection System
7. Fuel Hydrant System

The state government is pushing the envelope to develop the 4.5 million passenger catering airport and expand to accommodate 7.5 million passengers at once.

The new runway constructed at VIA is assigned to Beijing Urban Construction with a total of USD 400 incurred for the project. China had aided a loan of USD 373 million against the accumulated amount in order to kick-start the project.

MACL assures the main framework of new international passenger terminal will complete by next year.

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