Direct international flights will pave the way to grow the tourism sector in the region, which will change the entire trade system in the region. HIA will create business opportunities and jobs in the region.
Hanimaadhoo is about 30 minutes by air to India and now with many budget and commercial airlines, and 1 in 3 Indians being in the middle income band means we can consider India as the major arrivals.
To cater the demand of this new Airport, we need to create at least 10,000 beds in the region, and upgrade the port in the region, to facilitate the goods and support services.
Furthermore we need to train and upgrade the skills of the people in the region, for these new businesses coming to the region. One of the Major challenges is to get the required youths from the region as we have a limited population.