Maldives main airport deploys Amadeus tech to cater to traffic growth

Maldives main Velana International Airport has deployed airport management solutions by Amadeus to help it cope with traffic growth.

Anticipating an increase in the number of travellers, the airport has recently established Amadeus Airport Operational Database (AODB) to host, manage and disseminate complex flight-related information. The system provides complete visibility of flight schedules up to 365 days ahead to accurately forecast passenger and baggage demand.

Amadeus Airport Fixed Resource Management Solution (RMS), which allows the airport to determine the best resource allocation against its flight schedule, has also been installed.

“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,” Adil Moosa, Managing Director of state-owned airport operator Maldives Airports Company Limited (MACL), was quoted in a statement, as saying.

“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’.”

According to Amadeus, the two solutions deployed at Velana have been proven to reduce delays, minimise costs, maximise revenues and increase operational efficiency, enabling the airport to accurately plan an optimised management of its resources far in advance. The airport will be able to make data-driven decisions for precise resource allocation, resulting in better slot adherence and increased on-time performance, it 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,” Sarah Samuel, Head of Airport IT Sales at Amadeus Asia Pacific, said.

The Spanish technology company said it was working with the airport to implement more airport management solutions throughout its journey of digital transformation.

A USD 800 million mega project has been launched to expand and upgrade the Velana International Airport.

The project involves building a brand new runway, an international passenger terminal and a seaplane terminal as well as other support facilities, including a fuel farm that can store 45 million litres and a 120,000 tonne cargo facility.

The airport is a key infrastructure that supports the Maldives multi-billion dollar tourism industry. Expansion of the airport is expected to boost tourist arrivals to the island nation as it aims to attract at least two million tourists by 2020.

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