Gan International Airport (GIA) serves as one of the key tourism gateways to the tranquil and beautiful island nation of the Republic of Maldives, best known for its unique and paradise-like tropical holiday islands that includes luxury beach resorts, treasured honeymoon islands, family holiday islands, and some of the best dive sites in the world.
GIA allows international and domestic aircraft movements 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. It is situated at the southern tip of the country with holiday-makers' dreams such as Shangri-La's Villingili Resort and Spa just a few minutes from the airport.
Until January 2010 the airport was run by the Government of Maldives (GoM) with a human resource base comprising of civil servants along with technical assistance from Maldives Airports Company Limited (MACL). In June 2009 a public enterprised by the name of Gan Airport Company Limited (GACL) was established by H.E. the President as part of GoM's policy towards a leaner Civil Service and turning state-owned enterprises into Public Private Partnerships. 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 and many other processes.
In order to promote tourism and other economic activity in the south a new venture was formed early in 2012 with a vision and plan to further develop and expand GIA in all areas. 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.