Dhaalu Airport, located in Dhaalu Atoll, will open next month according to the airport’s main developer Riolo Group.
The airport was developed by reclaiming land from the Dhaalu Kudahuvadhoo lagoon and according to local news sources, approximately USD 20 million were invested in the project.
The preparations for the opening next month are underway and according to news website Avas, the airport will be much more spacious compared to the other domestic airports in the country. In addition to the airport being spacious, the design of the airport is also said to be substantially different from the other airports in the country.
The most costly portion of the development process is reported to be the land reclamation. According to Riolo Group, 64 hectares of land was reclaimed from the Kudahuvadhoo lagoon and according to the group, the delay in the airport’s opening was caused by some aspects of the runway construction not being fully completed.
The new airport is proving to be an employment opportunity for those living in Dhaalu Atoll. A large number of employees have already been recruited in time for the opening with more than 60 of them being selected from Kudahuvadhoo itself.
In addition to creating jobs, the airport will also help in easing tourist transport related challenges in the region. The new airport is yet another addition to the series of air connectivity developments taking place all over the Maldives during the last couple of months.
The Dhaalu Airport will be operated by Dhaalu Airport Holdings Company.
The opening of Dhaalu Airport next month will be coupled with the opening of Kandima Maldives, a 275 room resort located in the same atoll. The resort is also being developed by the Riolo Group.
Kandima Maldives will offer its guests the opportunity to experience the Maldives in a new way. This contemporary lifestyle resort will embody all the positive values of the Maldives, while adding to it its own innovative, vibrant and playful style.
When opened, Kandima Maldives will be the first lifestyle resort in the country.