Construction of the new runway at Velana International Airport has begun as the foundation is currently being laid.
The project of the new runway is being done under a contract with Beijing Urban Construction Group (BUCG) for a sum of 400 Million dollars, out of which 373 million dollars will be funded through a loan given by China.
According to Hassan Areef, the General Manager of Maldives Airports Company Limited (MACL), the new runway will consist of six layers underneath. Currently the first layer is being laid out and it will be 270 millimetres in thickness.
In addition to that, it has been reported that this runway will be able to cater to A380 aircrafts as it is 3,400 metres in length, and has a width of 60 metres. Whilst the already existing runway at Velana International Airport is 3,200 metres long with a width of 45 metres.
The airport which has been planned to undergo various developments, such as a passanger terminal of 80,000 metres that can accomodate over 5 million passangers. The new terminal will also include 40 departure gates and 38 immigration counters. In addition to that, the future development project consists of twelve jetties that is up to date with modernity, six aero bridges, a fuel hydrant system, and a high-explosive detection system.