Gan International Airport

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Gan International Airport

ގަން ބައިނަލްއަޤްވާމީ ވައިގެބަނދަރު
Sunrise, Gan Airport (824767884).jpg
Summary
Airport typePublic
Owner/OperatorAddu International Airport Pvt Ltd.
ServesAddu City, Maldives
LocationGan, Addu City
Elevation AMSL6 ft / 2 m
Coordinates00°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
Websiteganairport.com
Map
Map of Addu Atoll showing Gan and airfield
Map of Addu Atoll showing Gan and airfield
Runways
Direction Length Surface
m ft
10/28 3,400 11,154 Concrete
Source: DAFIF[1][2]

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

History[edit]

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.

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. President Mohamed Nasheed 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 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 3,400 by 45 metres (11,155 ft × 148 ft).[1] Gan International Airport (GIA) is situated at the southern tip of the country, and allows international and domestic aircraft movements year-round. The Executive Terminal built for the SAARC summit in 2011 was taken over by Shangri-La's Villingili Resort and Spa for the arrival and departure of Shangri-La's guests at Gan. The first private executive terminal in the Maldives.

Airlines and destinations[edit]

AirlinesDestinations
Maldivian Fuvahmulah, Kaadedhdhoo, Kadhdhoo, Kooddoo, Malé
SriLankan Airlines Colombo
South African Airways Scheduled Charter: Johannesburg–OR Tambo[3]

References[edit]

External links[edit]

Media related to Gan International Airport at Wikimedia Commons