On 29th December, Kooddoo Airport commenced its very first private jet operation in the afternoon. This takes place amidst increasing pressure on the main Velana International Airport, especially during the holiday season.
The airport in Gaafu Alif Atoll opened in September 2012 with twice daily service from the main Velana International Airport by flagship carrier Maldivian. It was upgraded 5 years later to feature a Code C runway measuring 1,800 metres in length, and accommodate Airbus A320 and Boeing 737 aircrafts as well as all categories of private jets. It also features a VIP lounge along with VIP accommodation facilities.