The Hanimaadhoo International Airport project is proceeding according to schedule, Minister of Transport and Civil Aviation Mohamed Ameen has confirmed after his visit on Saturday to inspect the progress of the airport.

Work on the project, which is directly linked to the tourism-driven economy of the entire north, began in January last year.

While the project initially phased in the use of a 1,200-metre section of the runway last January, the remaining 1,200 meters of the total 2,465-metre runway is also now ready for use.

The Airport is being developed to handle A320 aircrafts, with the administration working to complete the first phase and begin the second phase without delay.

A sea plane terminal will also be developed under the second phase, which will enable visitors to reach their destination resorts directly by seaplane from Hanimadhoo.