Famed for its natural beauty and its reputation as a top honeymoon destination, tourism in the Maldives has grown rapidly over the years to become the country’s largest economic contributor. As a result, Velana International Airport (previously known as Male International Airport) is now serving 2.6 million passengers and over 35 scheduled and chartered carriers annually.
Anticipating an increase in the number of travellers, and to future-proof their business, Velana, the main international airport in the Maldives, has now successfully deployed Amadeus’ airport management solutions.
Commenting on the partnership, Adil Moosa, Managing Director, Maldives Airports Company Limited, said, “The recent change in our name to Velana International Airport signifies new beginnings, with new infrastructure developments for the future and we’ve started by transforming our technology and processes with Amadeus. With the increasing flow of visitors to the Maldives, it was becoming a strain to maintain efficiency and deliver quality experiences due to numerous manual processes.”
Moosa added, “We have been growing steadily over the past decade as tourism has come to the fore, and we really see the value in Amadeus’ technology to help us manage and automate our airport operations. It’s also great that it was accessible to a smaller airport like Velana, we’re already seeing cost savings, reduced delays, and healthier profit margins. More importantly, it has empowered us to continue providing passengers a smooth experience through our ‘gateway to paradise’.”
Through this partnership, Velana has recently deployed Amadeus Airport Operational Database (AODB), to host, manage, and disseminate complex flight-related information. Amadeus AODB provides complete visibility of flight schedules up to 365 days ahead to accurately forecast passenger and baggage demand. Velana has also implemented Amadeus Airport Fixed Resource Management Solution (RMS), which allows the airport to determine the best resource allocation against its flight schedule.
Together, these two solutions enable the airport to accurately plan an optimised management of its resources far in advance. Velana will be able to make data-driven decisions for precise resource allocation, resulting in better slot adherence and increased on-time performance. The technology has been proven to reduce delays, minimize costs, maximize revenues and increase operational efficiency.
Sarah Samuel, Head of Airport IT Sales, Amadeus Asia Pacific, said, “As we grow our customer base in Asia Pacific, it is key that we are able to service any type or size of airport, anywhere in the region. Our scalable technology fits perfectly with Velana’s plans for future growth without the need for big future investments. This has been an exciting project for us as we have adapted our offer to meet and exceed the needs of our customer. We are proud of the trust that Velana International has placed in us to deliver this market-leading solution.”
Amadeus is currently working with the airport to implement more airport management solutions throughout its journey of digital transformation.
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Maldives Airports Company Limited (MACL) is a 100% government owned limited liability company incorporated under the Companies Act of the Rep of Maldives. MACL is governed by a Board of Directors appointed by the Privatisation & Corporatisation Board of the Maldives. The Corporate Office of MACL is on the island of Hulhule’, Republic of Maldives
Maldives Airports Company is the operator of Velana International Airport and has been massively involved in destination marketing and bringing in new airlines to the Maldives to boost up the tourism industry. MACL has embarked on one of the biggest projects in the history of Maldives in developing the future Velana International Airport such as the development of a brand new international passenger terminal, a new code F runway, a new cargo terminal complex and a new fuel farm along with hydrant system and major infrastructure developments at Velana internationals Airport