Addu City, Maldives – The agreement to start seaplane operations between Addu City and Huvadhoo atoll has been signed between Maldivian and Addu International Airports Company Limited, on Saturday.
The agreement signing ceremony, which was held at Gan International Airport, was attended by Tourism Minister of Maldives Dr. Abdullah Mausoom, Economic Minister Ismail Fayyaz, Parliament Members representing Addu and Huvadhoo constituencies, as well as representatives of Addu City Council.
With the agreement signed, authorities expect that the services would begin within the next two months. As of now, Maldivian has been operating connecting flights between Huvadhoo and Gan.
In addition to this, a statement by the Economic Ministry has revealed that discussions have been initiated to operate daily flights between Addu and Fuvahmulah as well. With this the economy of the country, especially that of Addu, Fuvahmulah and Huvadhoo would benefit immensely, said the Ministry, as this would help to increase the number of tourist arrivals to Fuvahmulah and Huvadhoo via Gan International Airport. The statement further read that this would also help to rebuild the economy of the country, which has suffered immensely due to Covid-19.
Apart from this, the Ministry also stated that work is on going to develop the existing airport terminal, cargo facilities, air traffic control tower as well as other facilities of the airport, in collaboration with Addu Airports Company.
In addition to the airport, the government is also developing 40 kilometers of roads in Addu City, as well as the installment of drainage systems and reclamation of 228 hectares of land. Creating an economic hub out of Addu has been one of the Presidential pledges of President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih.