President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih has revealed that the government has plans to upgrade and develop Laamu Kadhdhoo airport as an international airport.
Speaking at a campaign workshop held in L. Gan to prepare main-ruling Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP)'s manifesto for Laamu atoll, President Solih emphasized the importance given to the development of the region by the government.
The president noted that the atoll had a large land area and abundant natural resources, as well as many opportunities to conduct several economic activities. The administration made the decision to develop the atoll as an economic hub for this reason, said the president.
One of the most important steps in developing the atoll as an economic hub is to further develop and enhance the airport established at Kadhdhoo island, said the president. The government aims to commence work to upgrade the airport as an international airport within the year, revealed President Solih.
"We are working on upgrading Kadhdhoo Airport as an international airport. This is a high priority project, and we hope to commence the project this year," he said.
The president's revelation came after the MP for Gan constituency, Mohamed Visam expressed the peoples' wish for an international airport at the workshop.
13 airports are currently operated across the Maldives. While five of these airports are international airports, they are Velana International Airport in Male' region, Gan Airport in southernmost Addu City, ADh. Maamigili Airport, Hdh. Hanimaadhoo Airport and recently opened Maafaru Airport in Noonu atoll.