The first test flight of Maldives’ national carrier, Maldivian landed sometime around 17:00hrs of Monday late afternoon at Faresmaathoda Airport, reported the Maldives Transport and Contracting Company (MTCC).
The Minister of National Planning, Housing, and Infrastructure Mohamed Aslam, and his entourage traveled on board the flight. MTCC General Manager Ramzy Aboobakuru received the minister and his delegation.
While the first test flight made its landing at the airport successfully on Monday, the official opening is scheduled for Wednesday, March 15 and the first commercial flight is expected to land on Thursday, March 16.
Maldivian will operate two weekly flights to Faresmaathoda Airport.
Moreover, the airline announced special fares of MVR1,574 for a one-way trip for flights scheduled for Wednesday and Sunday next week.
MTCC was awarded the airport’s development in November 2020 for a cost of MVR 145 million with a completion period of one year and eight months. Under the project, MTCC developed a passenger terminal, a 1,200-meter runway, and other facilities necessary for an airport.
The contractor also reported facing delays amid the project due to challenges faced in procuring materials and equipment.