International flights to be operated from Maafaru Airport

Maafaru International Airport in Noonu atoll will be officially opened on December 1.

AVAS has learnt that operations will commence at the airport on December 1st, and that national airline Maldivian will operate international flights from the airport. The airport will be managed and maintained by Maldivian.

The airport was developed with a grant aid of US$ 60 million from United Arab Emirates's (UAE) Abu Dhabi Fund for Development. The airport can land large aircraft such as Airbus A320 and Boeing 737.

The airport was developed by Singaporean company. The airport boasts a 2,200 meter long runway and is 40 meters wide. The airport has a state-of-the-art terminal with a VIP lounge.

The first test flight landed at the airport on 14th August 2018. Former President Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayyoom opened the airport during the presidential campaign.