The Maldives’ main Male airport gets an upgrade

Male’s Ibrahim Nasir International Airport plays an important cargo role for the island nation, but will forever remain insignificant in terms of global air cargo hubs because of the tiny volumes it handles.


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Male’s Ibrahim Nasir International Airport plays an important cargo role for the island nation, but will forever remain insignificant in terms of global air cargo hubs because of the tiny volumes it handles. But this hasn’t stopped it from continuing to expand and modernise.

Capacity will be increased with a new cargo terminal, 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 the new facilities need.

“We are on track to deliver in summer 2014” Andrew Acquaah Harrison, CEO said in an interview in February. Plans for the new airport to be as green as possible illustrate this archipelago nation – where nowhere is naturally more than two metres above sea-level – knows about global warming and the potential threat it poses to the country.

“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 eight months.”