Ministry of Economic and Development has opened bidding for shortlisted applicants by Exim Bank of India for the Hanimaadhoo International Airport development project.

The project is funded by a loan from Exim Bank of India. Under the project, the currently used runway will be upgraded with a 2460 meters runway and a modern terminal of 111,000 square feet will be established in Hanimaadhoo. Moreover, a 624000 square feet apron and other resources will also be established to expand international flights.

The proposed passenger terminal building will include all of the modern amenities and services to manage peak hour passenger capacity. It will be 10230 square meters in size, including land/sea connectivity and passenger facilities. The terminal will be developed with facilities that can serve 1.3 million passengers annually.

The Hanimaadhoo International Airport is being developed as the northern Maldives’ main hub. The government has stated that the development of Hanimaadhoo International Airport will benefit resorts, city hotels, and guest houses in the north.

Hanimaadhoo Airport was developed and opened on October 28, 1990, and was upgraded to an International airport on February 2, 2013.

The Economic Ministry stated that the bids for the project can be submitted till January 25, 2022.

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