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Maldives inaugurates new airport in northernmost atoll

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Maldives President Ibrahim Solih inaugurated a new airport in Hoarafushi in Haa Alifu Atoll, local media reported on Friday.

Speaking at the inauguration ceremony on Thursday, President Solih was quoted in state-owned PSM News saying that the new airport would help develop the northernmost atoll and decentralize the country's operations.

Solih said new development projects in the fields of tourism and real estate will be commenced alongside the new airport.

A total of 842,200 cubic meters of land was dredged and reclaimed for the construction of the airport, and 1,120 meters of revetment was built to protect its shores.

The airport consists of a 1,200-meter runway, an 8,635 square-meter apron and taxiway, a 9,473 square-meter parking area, and other facilities including a passenger terminal.

Construction of the Hoarafushi Airport was contracted to Transport and Contracting Company (MTCC) in 2019.