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Male's Ibrahim Nasir International Airport
is being renovated whilst preparing for a
complete refurbishment set to transform the air
gateway of the Maldives.
"We are on track to deliver in summer
2014," said the airport's CEO, Andrew
Acquaah Harrison. "We are about to award
the contract for the construction of the
The new airport will be much more in
keeping with the Maldives as a top-notch
holiday resort by both how it operates and
looks and will be built on same island site.
It will be a much more efficient hub for both
passengers and cargo and the company hopes
a visually pleasant one for the former. Currently
separate domestic and international terminals
will be merged and it will be larger with 18
aircraft stands by 2025 as opposed to "about
ten (seven international and three domestic)
today," said Harrison.
Capacity will be increased by a new turning
pad and holding loop as well as the relocation
and enlargement of the fuel farm. There are no
plans to extend the 3.2 km runway although
reclamation is already underway to create the
extra space needed.
Among the new facilities offered will be
VIP/CIP lounges, a cargo terminal, as well as
a new boat and ferry interchange all within
a light, airy building looking and feeling
more like a resort with wood floors, water
landscaping, open views and plants -- a sharp
shift on from the current rather dull terminal.
What there won't be is an MRO facility. "As
a business here it would be quite a challenge"
said Harrison. The local market, Maldivian is
too small and potential customers are moved
on to GMR in Hyerabad.
Plans for the new airport to be as green as
can be make the point this archipelago nation,
where nowhere is naturally higher than a
bungalow, knows about global warming and
deals with it.
"The terminal will also be certified to an
LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental
Design) Silver Standard" said Harrison. "We
are examining the types of green technology
we will be using. These could comprise solar,
deep sea cooling and potentially wave energy.
"A lot of research is being done now, we
hope to know which ones (we can use) in six to
None of this comes cheap and parent
company GMR is set to invest US$510 million
in the 2011-2014 timeframe. Work will be
phased but there is "not yet" a decision on
service providers. Michael Mackey
"We are examining the types
of green technology we will be
using. ese could comprise solar,
deep sea cooling and potentially
wave energy" Andrew Acquaah
Harrison, CEO, Male Ibrahim
Nasir International Airport
MALDIVES GATEWAY SET FOR REVAMP
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