Hoarafushi, HA atoll – Minister of National Planning, Housing and Infrastructure Mohamed Aslam has told that a new jetty would be developed for direct access to the new airport being built at Hoarafushi on the reclaimed land.
While answering to the question at parliament by Ihavandhoo constituency member Mohamed Shifau, Minister Aslam said that a separate jetty would be built so that people from nearby islands would not have to go to Hoarafushi jetty and drive up to the airport.
12 out of the 14 island council in the region had sent a letter to the President of Maldives Mohamed Ibrahim Solih highlighting the challenges their people would have to face if they had to use the Hoarafushi island jetty to access the airport.
This project is being done by Maldives Transport and Contracting Company (MTCC) which includes reclamation of 842,200 cubic meters on which a 1,200 meter runway, 8,635 square meters of the apron and a taxiway being built. A 9,473 square meter parking area and 1,718 square meters of fire extinguishing road is also being developed as part of the MVR 67 million (USD 4.4 million) project. The company will handle construction of passenger terminal and runway development works and the whole project is scheduled to finish by the end of 2020.