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So what about Best Island Aiport?
- Best Island Airport get choosen by 10 user who have randomly picked and the winner get to be featured for one season. Which mean I post every 3 month (Every season).
- You could learn about of these selected airport and fly over beautiful scenery.
- If you want to vote the next best island airport, PM me and you may get to vote.
Anyway, let begin the series.
Velana International Airport
Velana International Airport, also known as Malé International Airport, previously known as Ibrahim Nasir International Airport. Velana International Airport is the main international airport in the Maldives. It is located on Hulhulé Island in the North Malé Atoll, close by the capital island Malé. It is well connected with major airports around the world, mostly serving as the main gateway into the Maldives for tourists. It is managed financially and administratively by an independent corporate entity known as Maldives Airport Company Limited (MACL).
The airport first started out as a small strip of land on the then inhabited island of Hulhulé. Hulhulé Airport was opened on 19 October 1960. The first runway built on Hulhulé was made of slotted steel sheets. The size of this runway were 75ft x 3,000ft (23m x 914m).
In May 1964, the government and the people of Malé worked together to construct a new asphalt runway. The four districts to Malé completed for the prize money of 1,000 rufiyaa, awarded to the fastest district. The new runway was opened on 12 April 1966 at 16:00 by President Ibrahim Nasir. Later some time on 11 November 1981, the airport was officially inaugurated under a new name of “Malé International Airport”.
The airport is at an elevation of 6 feet (2 m) above mean sea level. It has one asphalt runway designated 18/36 measuring 148ft x 10,499ft (45m x 3,200m). The adjacent waterdrome which serves the large seaplane operations at Velana has 4 water runways. The airport has 3 terminals, they are the international Terminal, the Domestic Terminal and the waterdome Seaplane Terminal.
Airlines and Destinations
|Air France||Seasonal: Paris-Charles de Gaulle|
|Air India||Bengaluru, Delhi, Thiruvananthapuram|
|Alitalia||Seasonal: Milan-Malpensa (begins 1 November 2018) Rome-Fiumicino|
|Austrian Airlines||Seasonal: Vienna|
|Beijing Capital Airlines||Beijing-Capital|
|British Airways||Seasonal: London-Gatwick|
|Cathay Pacific||Hong Kong|
|China Eastern Airlines||Colombo, Kunming, Shanghai-Pudong|
|Edelweiss Air||Seasonal: Zürich|
|Etihad Airways||Abu Dhabi|
|IndiGo||Bengaluru (Begins 15 Nov. 2018), Kochi (begins 15 Nov. 2018), Mumbai (begins 16 Nov. 2018)|
|Hainan Airlines||Seasonal: Beijing-Capital|
|Hong Kong Airlines||Seasonal: Hong Kong|
|Korean Air||Colombo, Seoul-Incheon|
|Lanmei Airlines||Siem Reap|
|Maldivian||Varies of Destinations|
|Neos||Seasonal: Milan-Malpensa, Rome-Fiumicino, Verona-Villafranca|
|Saudia||Riyadh, Jeddah, Colombo|
|Shanghai Airlines||Seasonal: Shanghai-Pudong|
|Sichuan Airlines||Seasonal: Chengdu|
|Thai AirAsia||Bangkok-Don Mueang|
SriLankan Airline is the largest foreign carrier into the Maldives with over 35 flights a week.
Incidents and Accidents
On 18 October 1995, an Air Maldives Dornier 228 abruptly turned right, left the runway, struck the seawall and somersaulted into the adjacent lagoon while landing.
On 15 August 1996, A Hummingbird Helicopters MIL Mi-8P lost control after takeoff due to the non-availability of hydraulic pressure. Only 4 people received minor injuries.
On 17 May 2004, a Trans Maldivian Airways, de Havilland Canada DHC-6 Twin Otter Series 300 collided with seawall of runway 18 after experiencing problems taking off from the seaplane base. Both pilots and one passenger were seriously injured in the accident.
|VRMH - VRMM - VRMK - VRMT - VRMG||Any||Depends how fast you are||VRMH 637N/7305E 502N/7258E 421N/7332E 358N/7332E VRMM 247N/7323E 156N/7333E 146N/7328E VRMK 32N/7259E 23N/7301E VRMT 17N/7302E 12N/7312E 17S/7325E 35S/7314E 40S/7313E 41S/7313E VRMG|
|VABB - VRMM||Airbus A320 GoAir||2hrs 29m||VABB 1905N/7256E 1853N/7259E 1840N/7253E ERVIS 1658N/7203E POMAN ANODA POXOD 645N/7310E 519N/7322E KAGUM 401N/7336E 401N/7334E RAXON VRMM|
|WSSS - VRMM||Airbus A330-300||4hrs 10m||WSSS TOPOM DOKTA DOGRA 101N/10358E ABVIP ADMIM ASUNA 054N/10251E TAROS PKU BIRAS KAGAS DOLEM MABIX NISOK OBDAL 327N/8535E EGODU RUXER UBKIN SABDI 402N/7534E GOKAM 357N/7343E 357N/7332E VRMM|
|VRMM - OMDB||Boeing 777-300ER||3hrs 45m||VRMM 418N/7332E LELEM 525N/7235E BIBGO ESMIT GOLEM DONSA BOLUR KITAL GOLNI TAVKO 2137N/5918E EMURU TOLDA GIDAN ITURA 2342N/5755E 2407N/5715E OMDB|
Airport Type: Government of Maldives
Operator: Maldives Airports Company Limited (MACL)
- Trans Maldivian Airways
Elevation AMSL: 6ft (2m)
Coordinates: 04°11′30″N 073°31′44″E