Regional Airports Company Ltd. (RACL) will work to upgrade the passenger terminal facilities at Kulhudhuffushi Airport, in line with President Mohamed Muizzu’s Week 14, or 100 days, roadmap, the company said in a statement on Wednesday.

The main priority, since day one of taking over the management of the company, has been to draw up a concept for the airport based on a needs assessment and requirements for upgrades to the airport, and the passenger terminal specifically. A large portion of the work on the concept had been completed and the proposed upgrades have been shared and discussed with the Kulhudhuffushi City Council and RACL has gained the Council’s input as well.

Ahmed Mubeen, RACL’s Managing Director, explaining the company’s collaborative and consultative approach to the upgrades at Kulhudhuffushi Airport.

According to RACL, its aim now is to implement the proposed upgrades and changes, which will see the airport expand its services to accept the largest of domestic carriers in addition to scaling up the arrival and departure terminals by initiating work within the administration’s first 14 weeks — in line with the President’s vision.

The upgraded terminal will feature services essential to visitors and travellers, RACL said, including lavatory facilities with baby rooms, prayer rooms, cafés, information kiosks, expanded parking facilities, other aesthetic and design updates, and more.

RACL at the Secretariat of the Kulhudhuffushi City Council | Photo: RACL

RACL is working to bring about a ‘revolutionary’ change to Kulhudhuffushi Airport, and the surrounding area, the company said in its statement, highlighting an agreement, which is currently in place, with the Kulhudhuffushi City Council that will see tourism-related developments within a stone’s throw of the regional hub.

These developments will foster greater economic growth and expand the tourism product in the city, while also developing a revenue stream for the company that will seek to reduce dependency on state funding and establish the company as a self sustaining entity, RACL said.