Vilufushi Airport project will proceed as planned, says pres

President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih has said the Th. Vilufushi Airport project will proceed as planned. He made the statement in a meeting with Viliushi Island Council members on Thursday.

During the meeting, the councilors noted the needs of the islanders, including the development of an airport, deepening the harbor, coastal protection, healthcare facilities, educational needs, and the socio-economic development of the island. The councilors also discussed some of the developmental projects to be carried out on the island.

At the meeting, President Solih highlighted that some projects had to be halted due to budgetary constraints caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. However, the President briefed the councilors on the several projects included in next year's budget for Vilufushi Island development. In this regard, the President briefed the councilors on the government's plans to carry out the construction of the airport, harbor, and hospital development projects. He also stated that discussions would be held with relevant line ministries regarding the concerns raised by the councilors.

The government last year announced that it would develop airports in HDh. Makunudhoo, Sh. Bilehfahi, B. Thulhaadhoo and Th. Vilufushi, and invited investors to express interest in the project. However, the government has not shared any further information on the projects since then.