Maldives Transport and Contracting Company (MTCC) said around MVR 300,000 was spent on the repair of Hoarafushi Airport after monsoon tidal floods rendered the facility unworkable.
MTCC CEO Adam Azim told local media that the company had completed all airport renovation work under the existing agreement with the government.
Azim said that the airport’s damage from monsoon flooding was far less than predicted. He stated that the runway needed to be cleaned owing to sand from high tides, and that the terminal needed to be rebuilt.
Hoarafushi Airport ceased operations on May 14 after being overrun by tidal surges that reached the airport roads and runway in the section of the island not sealed off by revetments.
The airport, built with around MVR 211 million, had suffered severe damages from strong winds and heavy rain within 48 hours, including a glass wall breaking off and the ceiling being ruined.
After fixing storm-related damage, the airport reopened on Tuesday. The only airline currently serving Hoarafushi Airport is Maldivian, which has two scheduled weekly flights to the island.