Maldives Airports Company Limited (MACL) has said that work on the new port at Velana International Airport, developed in accordance with the new cargo terminal is underway.
MACL said that the new port would permit cargo vessels to port more conveniently and that all necessary equipment would also be installed at the jetty area as part of the project. They include cranes to load and unload air cargo.
The new cargo terminal and port area at Velana International Airport under development. (Photo/MACL)The port is being developed next to the inflight catering services building at VIA, in an area of 11,000 meters. The area in front of the cargo terminal will be utilized for cargo clearance and store equipment of agents.
The new cargo terminal includes an export terminal, import general terminal, and a perishable import designated area, according to MACL.
Project Update: New Cargo Complex Harbour @VelanaAirport Works progressing at the alongside Jetty area to facilitate cargo vessels.The jetty will be equipped with all necessary amenities including dedicated cranes to load & unload Air Cargo safely. pic.twitter.com/oyfxHtGZtn
— MACL (@MACLmedia) August 9, 2020
The new terminal is expected to create more than 500 jobs. The current terminal at VIA permits the handling of 50,000 tons of cargo per year. With the new terminal, the figure could increase to 120,000 tons.