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Maldives Builds Giant New Airport Runway Despite Global Warming

April 6, 2018

By Paul Homewood


From Dellers:


The Maldives – that Indian Ocean island group allegedly most threatened by global warming –  is building a new runway at its international airport.

According to the Maldives Independent:

The 3,400-meter-long, 60-meter-wide runway will open the airport to the Airbus A380 jetliner, the world’s largest passenger airline.


The US$400 million runway project was awarded to China’s Beijing Urban Construction Group as part of ambitious plans to upgrade the country’s main international airport. The Chinese construction giant will also build a fuel farm with a storage capacity of 45 million litres and a cargo complex with the capacity to handle 120,000 tonnes.

Reclamation work to expand the airport island by some 62 hectares was subcontracted to the Dubai-based Gulf Cobla.

The Maldivian government secured a US$373 million concessionary loan from the Chinese EXIM Bank in December 2015 for the runway project. Loan agreements worth US$200 million have also been signed with the Saudi Fund for Development, the Kuwait Fund and the OPEC Fund to finance the airport expansion.

A contract was signed with the Saudi Binladin Group in May 2015 to build a new passenger terminal for an undisclosed amount.

So: Chinese, Saudi and Kuwaiti money and Chinese engineers to build a new runway on coral atolls which – according to environmentalists – are one of the places at the world most at risk from ‘climate change’.

This suggests one of two possible conclusions.

Either this is a public-spirited gesture by donor nations keen to help the Maldives’ population of 400,000 be evacuated as quickly as possible by air before the islands are finally inundated by rising sea levels.

Or, outside the gullible West, no one believes in “climate change.”

  1. April 6, 2018 9:00 am

    It is not just the gullible in the West; as we know there are a lot of unscrupulous troughers cashing in on the consequences of those gullibles and which we non-gullibles are having to fund.

  2. Graeme No.# permalink
    April 6, 2018 9:04 am

    This is not the first new runway installed, but you missed the obvious explanation. With extra capacity at the airports (and new hotels) and warm tropical weather in early December, the Maldives are hoping to host a Climate Conference. Tens of thousands of visitors on expences while Europe and North America are freezing should make them the first choice. A huge boost to the local economy, and if there is any criticism then the PM could hold an underwater Cabinet meeting. It worked last time!

  3. Robert Jones permalink
    April 6, 2018 9:26 am

    Nice to see the Saudi Binladin Group engaged in something beneficial.

    • bobn permalink
      April 6, 2018 9:46 am

      Keynesian economics. Binladen knocks buildings down so binladen can build them up. GDP goes up under our fantasy accounting methods but net product gain is zero. Liberal economic theory is nearly as crazy and evidence free as AGM theory.

  4. Joe Public permalink
    April 6, 2018 9:43 am


    1 March 2018: “New airport terminal opens in Tuvalu”

    The Funafuti International Airport terminal has been built as part of the Tuvalu Aviation Investment Project, which has been paid for by the World Bank’s International Development Association.

    The Tuvalu government said the IDA gave a grant of $US29.4 million dollars for the project.

    It comes after Tuvalu signed up as the 192nd member of the International Civil Aviation Organisation and the signing of an air service agreement with Air Kiribati late last year.

    The Transport Minister Monise Tuivaka Laafai said the “new terminal is of world standard and a masterpiece in the context of small economies like Tuvalu.”

    “It is not just a terminal – it’s the gateway to Tuvalu for tourists, seafarers, official visitors and students, all coming and going from this central hub,” said the IDA’s Lasse Melgard.

  5. Bloke down the pub permalink
    April 6, 2018 9:46 am

    I wonder where all the material to build up the runway will come from? If Chinese engineers are involved, I suspect they’ll just pump it up from the seabed like they’ve done for expanding islands in the South China Sea. Of course, when this exposes the Maldives to erosion during storms,it will be blamed on your SUV.

  6. Chris Reynolds permalink
    April 6, 2018 9:53 am

    To put the best spin on it, I expect that the runway and terminal will be built to a finished level so that when the sea level rises, it will remain dry. The problem with this thinking is that if the sea level does rise, the only evidence of the Maldives will be a runway in the middle of the ocean…

  7. Athelstan permalink
    April 6, 2018 9:59 am

    Does it give them a sinking feeling?

    Still when it happens, they can all fly more quickly over here.

  8. April 6, 2018 10:57 am

    Shouldn’t be any more at risk than all their other airports that don’t seem to be ‘drowning’.

  9. richard permalink
    April 6, 2018 11:26 am

    Back in the 1970s when tourism kicked off the coral was being stripped in the Maldives for building leading to a potential environmental disaster on the Islands. By the 1990s UNESCO flagged up that at this rate the coral would be decimated in another 30 years. A total ban was put on coral being used for building. Today the Islands are now stable.

  10. Andrew permalink
    April 6, 2018 11:33 am

    I just received an ad/begging email from banging on about sea level rise effecting Bangladesh. Has anybody heard of them?

  11. Keith Gugan permalink
    April 6, 2018 12:21 pm

    Surprise, surprise. China sees strategic benefits in a remote Indian ocean staging post. Probably worth every penny to win this contract for a burgeoning super power with expansionist ambitions.

  12. April 6, 2018 1:52 pm

    And China’s antics on the Spratley “islands”

    Now why would they build an airport there?

    • Duker permalink
      April 8, 2018 2:52 am

      No different really from the runway at Midway atoll. And thats almost 1900 km in a direct line to the closest of the Hawaiian Is. Theres a atoll off the coast of Mexico , Clipperton that is controlled by France via Tahiti, more than 5400km away.
      Oddly enough some of these specks continue while those who sort sanctuary in Machu Picchu werent so lucky

  13. careytj permalink
    April 6, 2018 4:06 pm

    Dear All, Maybe the Maldives has heard that the scientific evidence is now pointing to global cooling from a Maunder-type minimum in solar activity

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