Noonu Atoll, Maldives – Maldivian reveals that from July 1st onward, Maafaru International Airport will be preparing to become a fully functional international airport.
On a program by PSM, the Director of Maldivian Ground Operations, Ahmed Ibrahim disclosed that the project to prepare Maafaru Airport for International operations has already started.
The Airport was initially supposed to open on 1st of December. However this project was halted as the Ministry of Transport and Civil Aviation stated that there is no enough capacity for an International Passenger Flight to land and provide services to customers.
Furthermore, the ministry has also mentioned that there are no necessary equipment nor capacity needed for the International airport yet.
Maafaru Airport was funded by Abu Dhabi. It has a runway which is 2,200 metres in length and 40 metres in width. The airport has the potential to accommodate six jets at any one time. It also has the facility to cater to the airbus A320 and Boeing 737 as well.
Currently, the airport is being expanded so the Twin jet of Boeing 777 will be able to land on the runway.
The national airline Maldivian manages four other airports along with Maafaru Airport. They are Dharavandhoo Airport, Ifuru Airport and Thimarafushi Airport.