Operation of scheduled flights will commence to five airports this year, announced Minister of Transport and Civil Aviation Aishath Nahula on Sunday.
According to local media Mihaaru, Minister Shahula revealed that much of the development of airports in Shaviyani Atoll's Funadhoo, Noonu Atoll's Maafaru, Lhaviyani Atoll's Madivaru, Haa Dhaalu Atoll's Kulhudhuffushi, and Gaafu Dhaalu Atoll's Maavaarulu is complete.
Operations are scheduled to begin first in Kulhudhuffushi Airport, which received test flights in September 2018, followed by a few chartered flights. The airport's terminal building is currently pending completion.
Scheduled flights to Maafaru and Funadhoo are scheduled to commence in August.
Maafaru Airport held test flights the previous August. According to Nahula, 90 percent of development for the airport facility buildings, including terminal, garage, cargo building, and staff accommodation, is complete.
Construction of the runway and apron have been completed in Funadhoo Airport, while the development of the terminal, and fire and rescue building are expected to finish by the end of July. However, the government is yet to reveal a date for Funadhoo's test flight.
Assuring that operations will commence to Maavarulu and Madivaru before the year end as well, Minister Nahula further noted that airport development is also underway in Haa Alif's Hoarafushi and Gaafu Dhaalu's Faresmaathodaa.