Foundation works on new Runway begins at Velana Intl Airport

03 June 2017

    Foundation work on the new runway at Velana International Airport has started during the beginning of June.
Hassan Areef, GM Commercial said the runway will have six layers, and that the first layer of cement for the foundation will be laid 270 millimeters thick.

With this upgrade, it will allow latest and the largest aircrafts such as Airbus A380's as the new airport will become 3,499 meters long with 60 meters in width.

The new developments project 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.