For the future sea plane operation work has already started on building a new plane terminal with the maintenance facility at eastern lagoon area of VIA. The new seaplane project is divided into two components which is the Seaplane Terminal and the Seaplane Maintenance facility or MRO. For this project over 35,000 sqm of land was reclaimed and over 720 meters of sheet piling was done at the eastern lagoon of Velana International airport.
The new seaplane terminal area can accommodate more than 85 seaplanes on docks which is 50% more than the existing docks. The 4 story modern seaplane terminal comes new facilities such as VVIP and dedicated arrival lobbies. Also the 28,000 sqm of floor space can accommodate spacious lounges, extra boarding gates and can provide a host of office spaces. The Seaplane terminal is designed to international standards with full NFPA fire compliances. The new MRO is going to facility is to be commenced mid this year and seaplane terminal will be ready for use on the 4th quarter of this year.