Acting Transport Minister Mohamed Nazim on FrIday revealed of plans to overhaul Maldives Airports Company Limited (MACL) that had taken control of operations at Ibrahim Nasir International Airport (INIA) from Saturday.
Speaking during the ceremony to hand over control of the airport to MACL on Friday, Nazim said the government would engage in efforts to develop the airport.
“I would like to say that we will reconstitute the management of MACL and further strengthen the company. We will run the airport without political influence but with utmost professionalism. With the will of Allah the airport will become the engine that drives the Maldivian economy,” Nazim explained.
When asked of the changes to airport operations now that MACL had been given the reins, Minister said that the charges levied for services would be revised after the company is restructured.
“You will see a different airport in future. The services provided from this place would be of the highest class. The airport will become the engine of our economy,” he added.
Minister said that 100 percent of airport operations would be undertaken by MACL.
“We can use expertise. We will not dwell in the past. We will only look forward. Inshah Allah everything will be better. We have no doubts about that,” he said.
In response to a question over airport privatization, Nazim said there were both short and long term strategies. However, there are no immediate plans to privatize the airport, he added.
Nazim assured that airport operations would not be disrupted in any way.