National airline Maldivian, on Monday, announced that an additional flight have been scheduled from Male' to the newly inaugurated airport in Haa Alif Atoll's Hoarafushi, due to high public demand.
According to Maldivian's PR and Communications Manager Moosa Waseem, the additional flight is scheduled for upcoming Saturday.
He noted that the seats for the round-trip flight from Male' to Hoarafushi on Thursday were already fully booked.
Originally, Maldivian scheduled only one flight between the capital city and Hoarafushi for the month of November.
However, the airline stated that from the beginning of December onwards, three weekly flights will operate between Male' and Hoarafushi.
A one-way ticket to the northernmost atoll in Maldives costs the same amount as a ticket to Kulhudhuffushi and Hanimaadhoo in Haa Dhaalu Atoll, at MVR 1,113.
However, Maldivian stated that the ticket prices will be reduced to MVR 805 during the fair.
President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih officially inaugurated Hoarafushi Airport last Thursday. The airport is expected to ease travel for residents of the region, as travelling to the next closest airport in Haa Dhaalu Atoll’s Hanimaadhoo requires an hour-long journey across the often choppy waters of Gallandhoo Kandu.
The MVR 198 million airport, listed in the state’s decentralisation plan, was contracted to MTCC on March 25, 2019, and completed with the involvement and contribution of the island’s residents in various forms.
The airport features a runway of 1,200 meters as well as an apron of 8,635 square meters, including a taxiway, and is equipped with a parking area of 9,473 square feet, a fire access road of 1,718 square feet and an airport security and beach fence of 720 meters.
In order to develop the airport, 842,000 cubic meters of land was reclaimed from the Hoarafushi lagoon in 2019.