President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih has inaugurated the domestic airport developed in Faresmaathoda, Gaafu Dhaalu Atoll. It is the second airport to be developed during his presidential term.
Maldives Transport and Contracting Company (MTCC) completed the project at a cost of USD10 million after reclaiming land on islands near Faresmaathoda. The airport has a 1,200m runway with navigation lights to allow flights to land at night and the terminal has a 150-passenger capacity and is designed to look appealing with a modern aesthetic.
At the inauguration ceremony, Minister of Transport and Civil Aviation Aishath Nahula said transformative changes have been made to the transport system, which has also led to the creation of new jobs and higher living standards. She expressed confidence that enhancing air connectivity will contribute to the development of the country.
Also at the ceremony, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of MTCC Adam Azim said the terminal was designed to reflect the fishing culture in Faresmaathoda. He noted that the terminal consists of a garden, VIP lounge, and a café, and said that the development of the causeway connecting Faresmaathoda to the airport will be completed soon.