Four new airports being developed in the Maldives are set to open in 2020, as per the Minister of Transport and Civil Aviation, Hon. Aishath Nahula.
According to the Minister, these four airports are developed at Haa Alif Hoarafushi, Shaviyani Funadhoo, Lhaviyani Madhivaru, and Gaafu Dhaalu Maavarulu. Shaviyani Funadhoo and Gaafu Dhaalu Maavarulu airports are expected to open in the first quarter of 2020. Haa Alif Hoarafushi and Lhaviyani Madhivaru airports are expected to open in the second quarter of 2020.
There are 14 airports currently operating in the Maldives. These include the international airports from the Velaana International Airport, Hanimaadhoo International Airport, Gan International Airport, Villa International Airport, Maafaru International Airport, and domestic airports at Baa Dharavandhoo, Raa Ifuru, Th Thimarafushi, Dhaalu Kudahuvadhoo, Gaaf Alif Kooddoo, Gaaf Dhaal Kaadedhoo, Laamu Kadhdhoo, Haa Dhaal Kulhudhuhfushi, and Gn. Fuvahmulah airport.
Establishing airports within 20 minutes of each habited island was a pledge of the previous government and the current government is working toward the same goals.