The development project of Hanimaadhoo International Airport has been inaugurated.
The airport development project was inaugurated by President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih and the Minister of External Affairs of India, Dr. S. Jaishankar. Minister of Economic Development, Fayyaz Ismail also took part in the inauguration.
The ground breaking ceremony of the project was held in Hanimaadhoo island of Haa. Dhaalu on Wednesday.
The Hanimaadhoo Airport development project was handed over to India's JMC Projects on 25 September 2022, for USD 136.6 million. This is a development project carried out from the USD 800 million line of credit scheme provided by the government of India.
Under the project, the existing 1.8 km runway of the airport will be expanded to 2.24 km. The project also includes construction of two taxiways that are 164 meters long, 34 meters wide, and 5.5 meters on either side; a 10,230 sqm building including land and seaside connectivity and passenger facilities, an apron of approximately 58,000 sqm, and establishment of a passenger terminal suitable for the operations of code aircraft.
With the development, Hanimaadhoo International Airport will be able to welcome Airbus A320 and Boeing 737 aircrafts.
The Hanimaadhoo International Airport development project is a presidential pledge of President Solih.
According to Economic Minister Fayyaz Ismail, the development project is anticipated to be completed in 2024.