VIA makes record with 239 flight movements in a single day

Air crafts parked at Velana International Airport. (Photo/MACL)

Velana International Airport (VIA) has made a new traffic record on runway movements with 239 runway movements in a single day.

Maldives Airports Company Limited (MACL) says the VIA made the new record on Sunday, December 22.

The 293 runway movements on Sunday was composed of 101 international flight movements, 121 domestic flight movements, and 17 ad hoc flight movements.

The new record surpasses the record of 219 runway movements VIA made on December 1.

December traditionally marks high air traffic and runway movements at the VIA as it falls in the tourist peak season and the school holidays.

The 239 runway movement record on Sunday came despite the runway being closed down to clear debris and undertake maintenance work on two occasions on that day.