India’s JMC Projects Limited has been awarded the development of Hanimaadhoo International Airport in the Maldives. JMC is already involved in flat construction and water and sewerage projects in the Maldives.
An announcement issued by the Economic Ministry on Wednesday, August 10 said the project was awarded to JMC for USD 136.6 million.
The Hanimaadhoo International Airport is being redeveloped under a USD 800 million line of credit scheme provided by Exim Bank of India.
Therefore, only Indian companies shortlisted by the Exim Bank were allowed to submit bids for the project. The deadline for submission of bids expired on March 21 this year.
The Hanimaadhoo Airport redevelopment project will include a 2.46 km runway and a brand new terminal with a capacity to accommodate 1.3 million passengers annually.
Other facilities needed to expand international flight services will also be established. While the airport’s reconstruction is scheduled to begin later this year, it is expected to reach completion and start service in 2024.
After the completion of the airport project, the airport will be able to accommodate Airbus A320 and Boeing 737 aircraft for international flights. As per the Economic Ministry, direct flights to the Middle East, South Asia, Southeast Asia, and East Africa will be operated from Hanimaadhoo.
Hanimaadhoo International Airport is located on the island of Hanimaadhoo in Haa Dhaalu Atoll, Maldives, opened as a domestic airport.
It was upgraded to an international airport on 2 February 2012, with the introduction of direct flights to Thiruvananthapuram in India by Maldivian. As of June 2019, it is one of three international airports in the Maldives.