Regional Airports Company Limited (RACL) has invited interested parties to submit Expressions of Interest (EOIs) for the expansion and redevelopment of the terminal at Kulhudhuffushi Airport.

According to an RACL press release, the terminal will be expanded and redeveloped in accordance with the concept drawing provided by the company, with the project also including the development of an 11,345 square-foot passenger terminal, the implementation of shading structures in the passenger terminal area, revisions to the structure of the existing passenger terminal, and the expansion of additional passenger services facilities.

Interested parties have been requested to submit EOIs, as detailed in the Gazette, to before 11:59 p.m. on Tuesday, 9 January. Bid documents for this project will only be issued, as detailed in the Gazette, to the registered bidders, RACL revealed.

RACL said the company was looking to start work within 14 weeks — the expansion of the passenger terminal services at Kulhudhuffushi Airport is included in President Mohamed Muizzu’s ‘Week 14’ roadmap.

The company’s Managing Director (MD), Ahmed Mubeen, had previously said that one of his top priorities since taking over was to identify changes needed at the airport, add the required services, prepare a concept drawing and begin work on the project towards a view to completion within schedule.

Mubeen said the new terminal will feature all the services needed by passengers and the public including restrooms, prayer rooms, cafés, information counters as well as facilities and services for staff — the project also includes parking facilities at the airport area and other improvements to the airport.

RACL said the company is working, with the proposed developments, to bring revolutionary changes to the Kulhudhuffushi Airport and surrounding area. An agreement has been signed between RACL and the Kulhudhuffushi City Council to introduce tourism related activities to the vacant lot north of the airport, the company said, adding that the development would complement the city’s growth and help expand tourism.

These developments are in line with efforts being made by RACL to ‘stand on its own feet’ and end dependence on the state’s financial assistance, the company said in the release.