New international airport opened in Maldives

Incumbent president Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom on Tuesday inaugurated the country’s new international airport in Noonu Atoll.

During a ceremony, President Yameen unveiled the monument placed to inaugurate the airport and harbour at Maafaru island as part of his ongoing tour to the Atoll ahead of the upcoming presidential elections.

The inauguration comes two weeks after the first test flight landed at Maafaru International Airport (MIA).

The project funded by the Abu Dhabi Fund worth USD60 million has been described as a ‘gift’ to the Maldivian people by the UAE government with 2,200 meter runway capable of catering to the biggest air crafts and modern facilities.

MIA becomes the fourth international airport in the Maldives along with Velana International Airport, Hanimaadhoo International Airport and Gan International Airport.

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