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
Maps
Map of Addu Atoll showing Gan and airfield
Map of Addu Atoll showing Gan and airfield
GAN/VRMG is located in Maldives
GAN/VRMG
GAN/VRMG
Location of Airport in Gan , Maldives
GAN/VRMG is located in Indian Ocean
GAN/VRMG
GAN/VRMG
GAN/VRMG (Indian Ocean)
Runways
Direction Length Surface
m ft
10/28 3,600 11,811.02 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] As of June 2019, it is one of three international airports in the Maldives.

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 first aircraft landed on the coral runway of Gan on 8th February 1943. It was a Westland Walrus. In 1976 the British handed over Gan to the government and it was used as a domestic airport.

The airport was run by the Government of Maldives (GoM) 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 privatization policy. GACL took over management of GIA in January 2010.

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. As of 2020 70% of AIA is held by the government of Maldives & 30% by KASA Holdings Pvt Ltd.

Facilities[edit]

Gan International Airport is capable of accommodating ICAO code 4E aircraft. 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 60 metres (11,155 ft × 197 ft).[1]

Airlines and destinations[edit]

As of July 2019, the following airlines offer regularly scheduled services:

AirlinesDestinations
SriLankan Airlines Colombo–Bandaranaike
Maldivian Malé

Statistics[edit]

As of February 2019, the only foreign operator to Gan is SriLankan Airlines,[3] using Airbus A320 aircraft.

Incidents and accidents[edit]

  • On 12 March 2019 a Maldivian Bombardier Dash 8 Q300 suffered a landing gear malfunction, due to which the plane circled around the airport for 1 hour. The plane landed safely but the landing gear was not fully retracted. This was the first ever incident to occur in Gan international airport.
Former Mega Maldives Boeing 767 on Gan International airport tarmac

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 October 2006).
  3. ^ "GAN airport destinations". Flightradar24. Retrieved 25 February 2019.

External links[edit]

Media related to Gan International Airport at Wikimedia Commons