MVR 300,000 spent on Hoarafushi Airport reconstruction: MTCC

Malé, Maldives – MTCC informed that around MVR 300,000 was spent on the reconstruction of Hoarafushi Airport after a recent storm left the facility inoperable.

CEO of MTCC Adam Azim said giving information to local media Mihaaru, that all the works of reconstructing the airport was done by MTCC as the agreement made by the government had not yet expired.

Azim also said that the damages to the airport due to the storm were much lesser than anticipated. He said that runway had to be cleaned due to sand after high tides and some reconstruction of the terminal had to be done.

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.

The road going from the island to the airport was also damaged after surges in sea level were seen last month due to stormy weather.

However, the airport was brought back into operation yesterday, after repairing the damages from the storm. The only airline currently travelling to Hoarafushi Airport national airline Maldivian, which had two scheduled flights to the island every week.

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.