Gan International Airport

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Gan International Airport
ގަން ބައިނަލްއަޤްވާމީ ވައިގެބަނދަރު
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IATA: GANICAO: VRMG
Summary
Airport type Public
Owner/Operator Addu International Airport Pvt Ltd.
Serves Addu City, Maldives
Location Gan, Addu City
Elevation AMSL 6 ft / 2 m
Coordinates 00°41′36″S 073°09′20″E / 0.69333°S 73.15556°E / -0.69333; 73.15556Coordinates: 00°41′36″S 073°09′20″E / 0.69333°S 73.15556°E / -0.69333; 73.15556
Website GanAirport.com
Maps
Map of Addu Atoll showing Gan and airfield
Map of Addu Atoll showing Gan and airfield
GAN is located in Maldives
GAN
GAN
Location in Maldives
Runways
Direction Length Surface
m ft
10/28 2,650 8,694 Concrete
Source: DAFIF[1][2]

Gan International Airport (IATA: GANICAO: VRMG) is located on the island of Gan in Addu Atoll (previously known as Seenu Atoll) in the Maldives.[1]

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.

Facilities[edit]

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.”

The airport lies at an elevation of 6 feet (2 m) above mean sea level. It has one runway designated 10/28 with a concrete surface measuring 2,650 by 45 metres (8,694 ft × 148 ft).[1]

Airlines and destinations[edit]

Airlines offering scheduled passenger service:

Airlines Destinations
Flyme Malé
Maldivian Malé, Kaadedhdhoo, Kadhdhoo, Kooddoo Airport, Fuvahmulah
Seasonal: Colombo
Mega Maldives Seasonal Charter: Chongqing, Hong Kong, Malé, Seoul-Incheon

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Airport information for VRMG from DAFIF (effective October 2006)
  2. ^ Airport information for GAN at Great Circle Mapper. Source: DAFIF (effective Oct. 2006).

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