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Maldives Building Five More Underwater Airports

September 19, 2013

By Paul Homewood




News from the Maldives that work is underway on five new airports, with another three in the pipeline.


Ministry of Transport and Communication has said that the delayed works on five regional airports are now underway.
Speaking at a press conference today, Minister of Transport Dr Ahmed Shamheed said that the ministry’s highest priority currently is the development regional airports.
Work is underway on the development of airports in B. Dharavandhoo, Th. Thimarafushi, Ga. Kooddoo, R. Ifuru, and Gdh. Maavarulu.
“Development of airports in all regions is underway. We are currently at the planning stage, and looking for investors,” Dr Shamheed said.
He said that work on N. Maafaru and Sh. Farukolhu airports are yet to begin.
He also informed that the Ministry plans to initiate the development of an airport in Haa Alif Atoll, and that discussions in this regard are in progress with Island and Atoll Councils.
Stressing the importance of an airport in this atoll where tourism is flourishing, Shaheem pointed out that the work on a City Hotel in Uligam had to be terminated due to high transport costs, and that the existence of an airport would reduce this cost.


Meanwhile new tourist developments are opening up in the Maldives faster than Richard Branson can sell tickets for his luvvie spaceship.









Apparently nobody has told them they will all soon be underwater.


It seems nobody told Jim either!






Just to clarify, the report on airports is from July 2012. Since then two airports, Khoodoo and Dharavandhoo have already opened.

  1. Brian H permalink
    September 19, 2013 12:49 pm

    Must have an airport nearby to revive an overpriced hotel project. Makes perfect sense! Born rent-seekers always have an eye for the main prize.

  2. Joe Public permalink
    September 19, 2013 3:18 pm

    More business opportunities for entrepreneurial Scuba-Diving schools methinks.

  3. mitigatedsceptic permalink
    September 19, 2013 4:13 pm

    So they were to be swamped by now, according to Salmond. Buy cheap – sell dear eh?

  4. September 19, 2013 4:53 pm

    I was skeptical that the UN Climate Fund would be used for something useful but hey, sea level airports in the Maldives…perfect.

  5. catweazle666 permalink
    September 19, 2013 6:30 pm

    Perhaps they’re reviving the old Empire flying boats.

    Nice seaplane base, anyone?

  6. backchat permalink
    September 20, 2013 5:12 am

    Stupid grandstanding wankers, supported by cap and trade bankers.

  7. October 2, 2013 11:17 am

    Reblogged this on Quixotes Last Stand.

  8. April 7, 2014 11:27 am

    The country has six domestic airports connecting the different parts in the island chain of 26 atolls. In total, there are about 1192 coral islands. Essentially, the whole formation of Maldives is on massive coral structures forming over ages. This is the reason why these places are amazing for scuba diving and snorkelling. See mpore at:


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