Hoarafushi Airport to reopen on June 15

Newly developed Hoarafushi airport to be opened on 19th November, 2020 | Photo: MTCC

Haa Alif Atoll, Maldives – Managing Director of Regional Airports, Mohamed Rizvee has announced that the Hoarafushi Airport will reopen on June 15, 2021 after it was closed dur to the damages caused by heavy rain and surges last month.

Hoarafushi Airport stopped its operation on May 14, 2021 after the Hoarafushi Airport was flooded with the runway submerged, with tidal surges in the area of the island that was not closed off with revetments along with the wave surges reaching the airport highway and runway.

Rizvee told local media that the majority of airports reconstruction has been completed and that currently MTCC is working on leveling the road which connects Hoarafushi island to the airport.

As soon as MTCC finishes reconstructions, Rizvee assured that the Regional Airports company will take over the Hoarafushi Airport and will soon begin its operations again.

The road going from the island to the airport was damaged after surges in sea level were seen last month due to stormy weather. However, Rizvee stated that this task is expected to finish within the next two days.

Built with over MVR 211 million, the Hoarafushi Airport with no insurance had faced various damages from strong winds and heavy rain within 48 hours which included of a glass wall falling off, along with the ceiling being destroyed as well.