Last night, Transportation Minister Aishath Nahula announced the dates of the openings of new airports in Maldives in 2020.
5 airports are to be opened this year: Funadho Airport, Maavarulu Airport, Madivaru Airport, Hoarafushi Airport and Fares Maathoda Airport.
Funadhoo Airport in Shaviyani Atoll will be opening earliest in January. The runway stretches to 1,200 meters. The first airport in Shaviyani Atoll is developed at a cost of USD 5.742 million.
Next will be the opening of Maavarulu Airport in March. The USD 3.677 million project in Gaafu Dhaal includes a 1,220 metre runway, taxiway and apron.
In April, Madivaru Airport in Lhaviyani Atoll will open. Kuredu Holdings is invested USD 13 million to develop the airport with 1.2-kilometre runway, and a training academy for aviation officials from flagship carrier Maldivian and seaplane operator Trans Maldivian Airways.
Hoarashushi Airport is set to open in August. The airport in Haa Alif Atoll required an estimate of USD4.4 million.