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  • Writer's pictureAvaitors Maldives

RACL: New Airports In Development To Feature Longer Runways

Regional Airports Company Limited (RACL)  has unveiled ambitious plans for significant expansions across several domestic airports. With 80% of the runways slated for enlargement, RACL aims to bolster connectivity, enhance economic prospects, and elevate the nation’s air travel infrastructure.

RACL’s Chairman, Ahmed Nasif, recently discussed these expansion plans on a SanguTV program in extending  runways by 1,500 to 1,800 meters in the airports that are currently in development.

Many of the Maldives’ domestic airports were being designed to meet minimal requirements with runways as short as 800 to 900 meters, limiting their capacity and potential.

Nasif emphasized the urgency of runway expansion. Failure to do so within the next 20 to 30 years could lead to economic setbacks. The Maldivian government’s aviation policy now mandates the ability to accommodate Dash-8 class carriers as a minimum standard. Meeting this requirement is crucial for sustained growth.

The current administration faces criticism for its emphasis on domestic airport expansion. However, Nasif staunchly defends the cause. Accessible inter-atoll transportation within 20 to 30 minutes is essential for the Maldives’ socio-economic fabric. It’s a lifeline for communities and a gateway for tourists.

Airport development should catalyze economic growth, create jobs, and foster tourism. It’s not just about concrete and tarmac; it’s about prosperity. These policies should synergize economic development with infrastructure upgrades.

President Dr. Muizzu’s announcement of new airports in Sh. Dhiguveli, Sh. Milandhoo, and HA. Dhihdhoo, along with the international airport project in GA. Vilingili, underscores the commitment to connectivity and progress. The memorandum of understanding with the contractor sets the wheels in motion.



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