Maldives Promotion House – Island Aviation Services Ltd has agreed to manage Dharavandhoo Airport in Baa Atoll developed by Coastline Hotels & Resorts. Agreement was signed by Abdulla Haris, Managing Director of Island Aviation and Ahmed Umar Maniku, Chairman and Managing Director of Coastline Hotels & Resorts.
Head of Administration of Island Aviation Services, Ali Nashath commented that it’s a forward movement for their company to sign airport management and operating contract. “Now major works of the airport is completed and only the finishing touches are needed” Nashath said.
This is the first airport to be operated by Island Aviation Services. “Airport is constructed and fully equipped by Coastline and we need to hire and train the staff for the operations” Nashath added.
Dharavandhoo airport development bid was awarded to Coastline Hotels & Resort in 2008 and they will also develop a yacht marina and a transit hotel in Finolhas Island as part of the agreement.
According to Dharavandhoo Island Council test flights will be started within this month.