VIA’s New Runway Operated as Temporary Taxiway

PUBLISHED February 01, 2022 | updated February 01, 2022 01:17

Maldives Airports Company Limited (MACL) has revealed that the newly developed runway will be used as a temporary Taxiway starting today morning (Febraury 1, 2022).  

With the new runway used as a parallel taxiway, the airport gains operational efficiency, enabling it to accommodate 16 aircraft from 8 aircraft in a duration of one hour as per the change. The airport can also extend services to additional flights during peak hours of the day and lessen the time for when flights have to halt landing for a free runway.  

The initial time taken to free up space on the runway after flight landing moves to 2 minutes from 10 minutes with the use of the taxiway. Therefore, the time taken for a new flight to land and take off will be shortened, leading to a convenient operation for passengers.  

Despite the current use of a taxiway, the new runway will be implemented for its initial operation in the third of quarter of 2022. The runway is 3400 meters long and 65 meters wide, capable of accommodating the biggest of passenger flights.  


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