Gan International Airport
|Gan International Airport
ގަން ބައިނަލްއަޤްވާމީ ވައިގެބަނދަރު
|IATA: GAN – ICAO: VRMG|
|Owner/Operator||Addu International Airport Pvt Ltd.|
|Serves||Addu City, Maldives|
|Location||Gan, Addu City|
|Elevation AMSL||6 ft / 2 m|
Map of Addu Atoll showing Gan and airfield
First built by the Royal Navy, and transferred to the Royal Air Force as RAF Gan, it was a military airbase used during World War II and until 1976. The British handed it over to the government and it was used as a domestic airport. Recently the airport has been upgraded to international standards in preparation for international flights with the opening of tourist resorts in the area.
Gan International Airport (GIA) serves as a key tourism gateway to the Republic of Maldives and its luxury beach resorts and dive sites. GIA is situated at the southern tip of the country, and allows international and domestic aircraft movements year-round.
The airport was run by the Government of Maldives (GoM) with a human resource base consisting of civil servants along with technical assistance from Maldives Airports Company Limited (MACL) until January 2010. In June 2009 a public enterprise by the name of Gan Airport Company Limited (GACL) was established by H.E. the President as part of GoM's privatisation policy. GACL took over management of GIA in January 2010.
A transitional stage followed with administrative restructuring which also involved formal transfer of existing civil servants into the company's new organizational structure.
To promote tourism and other economic activity in the south a new venture was formed early in 2012 to further develop and expand GIA. A joint venture was formed between GACL, MACL and State Trading Organization plc (STO). The new venture is Addu International Airport pvt ltd (AIA).
Gan International Airport is now owned and managed by Addu International Airport pvt ltd.
The Executive Terminal built for the SAARC summit in 2011 was taken over by Shangri-La's Villingili Resort and Spa for the exclusive arrival and departure of Shangri-La's guests at Gan. The first private executive terminal in the Maldives.
Commenting at the official launch on 31 January 2013 Rene D. Egle, the resort's general manager, said, "Providing our guests with a luxurious experience and a truly personalised welcome from the moment they land is for me a great achievement. I am very thankful to the local authorities and the Gan International Airport team for their excellent cooperation since initial discussions on this project. Today is a great day for our resort and Addu Atoll and we are ready to welcome our international clientele from all over the world, either via Male or directly to Gan by private jet.”
Airlines and destinations
Airlines offering scheduled passenger service:
|Maldivian||Malé, Kaadedhdhoo, Kadhdhoo, Kooddoo Airport, Fuvahmulah
|Mega Maldives||Seasonal Charter: Chongqing, Hong Kong, Malé, Seoul-Incheon|