The Maldives government launched a massive expansion project of Hanimaadhoo International Airport on Wednesday night, January 18.
The project was inaugurated by Maldives President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih and the visiting Indian External Affairs Minister Dr. Subrahmanyam Jaishankar.
The expansion project includes the development of a 2.46-kilometer runway and a new terminal design to accommodate 1.3 million annual travelers. The new runway is designed to accommodate larger commercial aircraft including the Airbus A320s and Boeing 737s.
The government contracted India’s JMC Projects, while the project is funded through a USD 136 million (MVR 2.1 billion) loan from India’s EXIM Bank.
“The historic project is the largest and most significant project initiated outside the Male’ region,” a statement from the President’s Office read.