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Maldivian’s test flight lands at Funadhoo Airport

Mariyam Malsa
24 January 2020, MVT 20:53
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Mariyam Malsa
24 January 2020, MVT 20:53

National carrier Maldivian, on Friday, successfully landed a test flight at the domestic airport in Funadhoo, Shaviyani Atoll.

Minister of State for Transport and Civil Aviation Ahmed Zuhair, along with leading members of both Island Aviation Services (IAS) and the Civil Aviation Authority were aboard the plane when it landed at the airport in Funadhoo at 0810 hrs.

Approximately 2000 residents of the island participated in the ceremony held to mark the first successful test flight.

Speaking at the function, Funadhoo Council Vice-President Ahmed Nazeer stated that the airport, scheduled to officially commence operation on February 1, would provide convenience for all the citizens of Shaviyani Atoll.

Maldivian is set to commence regular flights to Funadhoo upon the airport's inauguration.

While the development of the airport began in 2018 during the administration of former President Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom, the construction of the fire control tower is yet to be completed.

Funadhoo Airport's Runway measures 1,200 metres in length and 30 metres in width, while the taxi way is 90 metres in length and 50 metres in width.

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