Hanimaadhoo International Airport is expanding through a significant project involving the construction of a new passenger terminal, cargo terminal, fuel farm, and fire-fighting facility, with an estimated cost of USD 136 million.
The upcoming 2,400-meter runway is designed to facilitate operations for narrow-body jets, including the Airbus A320 and the Boeing 737. A substantial portion of the runway is currently in the advanced stages of construction.
According to Regional Airports Company Limited, a section of the new runway will open within a month to facilitate flight operations, coinciding with the complete replacement of the existing runway and apron.
The initial 1,200 meters of the runway will be inaugurated in phases, ensuring the continuous operation of current domestic flights. Presently, the airport operates partially during specific periods of the day.
The entire project is scheduled for completion by 2024. Upon conclusion, the airport will have the capacity to handle 1.3 million passengers annually and cater to narrow-body jets such as the Airbus A320 and the Boeing 737.