The recently developed domestic airport in Faresmaathoda, Gaafu Dhaalu Atoll, was inaugurated by President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih, marking the second airport project completed during his presidency.
The Maldives Transport and Contracting Company (MTCC) undertook the project at a cost of MVR 150 million, reclaiming land near Faresmaathoda to construct the airport. The newly constructed airport has a 1,200m runway with navigation lights for night-time landings, and a 150-passenger capacity terminal with a modern aesthetic.
During the inauguration ceremony, Minister of Transport and Civil Aviation Aishath Nahula highlighted the transformative changes in the transport system that have led to the creation of new jobs and higher living standards, expressing confidence that enhanced air connectivity will contribute to the country’s development. Meanwhile, the CEO of MTCC, Adam Azim, shared that the airport terminal was designed to reflect the local fishing culture of Faresmaathoda, featuring a garden, VIP lounge, and a café. He also stated that the development of the causeway connecting Faresmaathoda to the airport will be completed soon.