Gan International Airport (IATA: GAN, ICAO: VRMG) is located on the island of Gan in Addu Atoll (also known as Seenu Atoll) in the Maldives.
First built by the Royal Navy, and transferred to the Royal Air Force as RAF Gan, it was a military airbase used during World War II and until 1976. The British handed it over to the government and it was used as a domestic airport. Recently the airport has been upgraded to international standards in preparation for international flights with the opening of tourist resorts in the area.
Gan International Airport (GIA) serves as a key tourism gateway to the Republic of Maldives and its luxury beach resorts and dive sites. GIA is situated at the southern tip of the country, and allows international and domestic aircraft movements year-round.
The airport was run by the Government of Maldives (GoM) with a human resource base consisting of civil servants along with technical assistance from Maldives Airports Company Limited (MACL) until January 2010. In June 2009 a public enterprise by the name of Gan Airport Company Limited (GACL) was established by H.E. the President as part of GoM's privatization policy. GACL took over management of GIA in January 2010.
A transitional stage followed with administrative restructuring which also involved formal transfer of existing civil servants into the company's new organizational structure.
In order to promote tourism and other economic activity in the south a new venture was formed early in 2012 to further develop and expand GIA. A joint venture was formed between GACL, MACL and State Trading Organization plc (STO). The new venture is Addu International Airport pvt ltd (AIA).
Gan International Airport is now owned and managed by Addu International Airport pvt ltd.
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