Our Success Story
Over the past few decades, Gan Airport has gained strength little by little, ending up being the second busiest airport in the Maldives. Following is our journey after the British handover in 1976.
When we look at the figures since the airport began operations back in the 1980s we see ourselves talking about stable growth based on the demand for operations.
Of course, an airport will not become popular if nobody flies there. Gan Airport began operations with an occasional small Cessna propeller flight from Male only for basic needs of the Government. Afterwards came a twin turboprop carrying less than 20 passengers a week between Male and Gan.
In the early 80s Gan Airport has occasionally served for Maldives Airways DC-8 jets for some time and then steadily continued to serve scheduled flights between Male and Gan for Dornier 228 aircrafts carrying 18 passengers.
By then there was a demand for night operations and through a gift from Australian government the airport was rehabilitated with a new Runway Lighting System, a new Air Traffic Control System, Navigational Aids and a Firefighting vehicle.
In the 90s Gan Airport began serving for Dash 8 series aircraft from Male and also occasional cargo flights from Colombo. In 2000 Gan Airport has also served Air Maldives A320 jets from Male for some time.
In the mid-2000s there was a tourism development in the atoll with 2 resorts being developed for European market. In conjunction with the development and to cater for long haul flights direct to Gan from Europe, the airport had undergone the first major upgrade since the British hand over in 1976.
The upgrade included building a Passenger Terminal with a check –in capacity of 180 passengers per hour. Also a Fuel farm with a capacity of xxxkl, upgrading of Navigational Aids, Airfield Lighting and Ground Handling Equipment were amongst the development.
Since 2008 Gan Airport has been serving aircraft ranging from small Cessena citation to larger 767-200 and Airbus A320s on demand.
Further tourism developments in the southern region of Maldives once again triggered another development project to upgrade the British runway with an 800m extension along with the resurfacing of British built runway. Also included in the development was a seaplane base to serve the southern region of Maldives effectively envisioning Gan International Airport to be a tourism hub.
Our success is that we have always been able to deliver our service to cater for any foreseeable demand. Hence we are now an ICAO code 4E airport targeting to meet all safety requirements to serve large scale commercial operations in the near future.