Hanimaadhoo Airport development project inaugurated

The practical work of the development of Hanimaadhoo International Airport has officially been launched.

The airport development project was inaugurated by President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih and Indian External Affairs Minister Dr. S. Jaishankar, who is on an official visit to the Maldives.

The development of Hanimaadhoo Airport was awarded to India's JMC Projects on September 25 last year for US$ 136.6 million.

The project will expand the existing 1.8 km runway in Hanimaadhoo airport to 2.24 km. Other changes that will be brought to the airport include airside, landside, and building infrastructure upgrades; construction of two taxiways that are 164 meters long, 34 meters wide, and 5.5 meters on either side; a 10,230 sqm building including land and seaside connectivity and passenger facilities, an apron of approximately 58,000 sqm, and establishment of a passenger terminal suitable for the operations of code aircraft.

JMC is already involved in flat construction and water and sewerage projects in the Maldives. In India, JMC is a major project operator in the construction and energy sectors.

The development of Hanimaadhoo International Airport is a presidential pledge of President Solih. The Hanimaadhoo International Airport development project will be able to serve Airbus A320 and Boeing 737 aircraft.