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The Maldives’ Latest Underwater Airport

June 16, 2015

By Paul Homewood 



Ifuru Airport, Maldives


News from the Maldives that their latest airport has just opened: 


Ifuru Airport has been officially opened on Thursday, 28th of May 2015 at a ceremony held on the island of Ifuru. The recently developed domestic airport located in Raa Atoll was inaugurated by the Maldives President, Abdulla Yameen.

A joint venture was made between Argo Marine Pvt Ltd and the Government to construct the airport under Ifuru Investments and was formed on 3rd May 2011. Five percent of the company is controlled by the government and the agreement made was that the investment company should be granted three islands to develop holiday resorts.

There are now 4 international Airports and 7 domestic airports in the island nation Maldives.

Internationals Airports:

  • Gan, Addu City – Gan International Airport
  • Hanimaadhoo, Haa Dhaalu – Hanimaadhoo International Airport
  • Hulhulé Malé – Ibrahim Nasir International Airport
  • Maamingili, Alifu Dhaalu – Villa International Airport

Domestic Airports:

  • Dharavandhoo, Baa – Dharavandhoo Airport
  • Fuvahmulah, Gnaviyani – Fuvahmulah Airport
  • Ifuru, Raa – Ifuru Airport
  • Kaadedhdhoo, Gaafu Dhaalu – Kaadedhdhoo Airport
  • Kadhdhoo, Laamu – Kadhdhoo Airport
  • Kooddoo, Gaafu Alifu – Kooddoo Airport
  • Thimarafushi, Thaa – Thimarafushi Airport


This is in line with the Maldives Fourth Tourism Masterplan, to expand air capacity from the five airports that existed in 2007, to enable tourism to grow accordingly.

Bed capacity has already been leaping ahead since 1990.




And the plan for 2013-17 expects another 9682 beds, an increase of 28% on 2012.





They hope that, by 2020, they will see a big expansion in resorts on the outlying islands.




Resorts like the new Accor Pullman village on Maamutaa, which is due to open in 2018.



Pullman Maamutaa Maldives by Accor - Aerial Photo

Artist Impression


Pity that they will all be under water soon!

  1. johnmarshall permalink
    June 16, 2015 11:31 am

    I know Gan, or RAF Gan as it was. The place to rest in the sun. Sea levels have not changed there since I first went there 60 odd years ago.

    • Kartoffel permalink
      June 17, 2015 10:27 am

      see levels and ” animation atoll formation ” for information …

  2. DCWRX permalink
    June 16, 2015 12:45 pm

    they need all the airports to help the ‘Climate Refugees’ escape the rising waters!

  3. June 16, 2015 1:01 pm

    In the excitement over the Pope’s encyclical and the upcoming Paris conference, people are not talking about how CO2 mitigation efforts, if successful, would put civilization onto an unsustainable path.

  4. June 16, 2015 1:07 pm

    No sea water rises?
    The world’s full of surprises!

    • November 16, 2015 3:17 pm

      Yes, I was thinking the same thing. I thought the Maldives were supposed to be underwater by now…

  5. June 16, 2015 1:45 pm

    Reblogged this on Climate Collections and commented:
    Maldives flouts sea level rise hype, opens new amphibious (/sarc) airport.

  6. Kelvin Vaughan permalink
    June 16, 2015 3:21 pm

    What about their carbon footprint with all those jets.

  7. June 16, 2015 4:04 pm

    Reblogged this on Wolsten and commented:
    Clearly the Maldives is not as concerned about sea level rise as we were led to believe. In the same vein as Al Gore building a
    his mansion on the coast.

    • June 19, 2015 5:02 am

      Yes right, a local friend says that the rising sea level is not that serious as the media reported.

    • Brian H permalink
      June 19, 2015 5:09 am

      Yah, it wants rise to justify fat climate reparations, but wants to exploit its notoriety by flying in scads of ecotourists and rising seas would sink its airports. What a conumbdrum!

  8. Bloke down the pub permalink
    June 16, 2015 5:37 pm

    All the extra visitors that these airports will bring, will no doubt increase consumption of drinking water, which will at least in part be drawn from groundwater. As the lens of fresh water is depleted, salt water will rise closer to the surface and start to poison salt intolerant vegetation. In a way,their prophecy of rising sea-level will come true.

  9. Gary H permalink
    June 16, 2015 6:33 pm

    Ran across a surprising piece in National Geo – from Feb. 2015

    Will Pacific Island Nations Disappear as Seas Rise? Maybe Not —
    Reef islands can grow and change shape as sediments shift, studies show.

    They found that reef islands change shape and move around in response to shifting sediments, and that many of them are growing in size, not shrinking, as sea level inches upward. The implication is that many islands—especially less developed ones with few permanent structures—may cope with rising seas well into the next century.

    But for the areas that have been transformed by human development, such as the capitals of Kiribati, Tuvalu, and Maldives, the future is considerably gloomier. That’s largely because their many structures—seawalls, roads, and water and electricity systems—are locked in place.

    We knew that.

    Not imagining that any national media outlet decided to present that to a broader audience.

  10. June 17, 2015 1:54 pm

    As food is brought to the islands and waste is created, more land is being created. The islands should be rising up out of the seas faster than the seas are rising to claim them. That is, if they don’t cart all of the waste away in ships, to be dumped at sea or something.

  11. June 19, 2015 9:10 am

    Reblogged this on White Sand Maldives and commented:
    Thanks for the info!


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