The runway at Male International Airport is being repaired, according to Maldives Airports Company Limited (MACL), in a bid to solve problems of water retention.
Managing Director Mohamed Ibrahim told Haveeru that an airline running Boeing 777 planes had complained of damage to the wheels, and had brought in a Boeing team to analyse the problem. The repair will be carried out overnight for the next two days, from midnight to 8am.
“We are repairing the touchdown area where the water retention occurs. We closed the runway early October for repairs. But there is a substantial area that still needs repairs,” he told Haveeru.
“It will be problematic to close the runway for many days at once. Internationally runways are repaired by rescheduling the flights when the traffic is lowest,” he noted.
“We have to correct this problem as soon as possible. In the future, we will also have to re-tar the entire runway. That has to be done once every 15 years. It was last done at the beginning of 90s,” he told Haveeru.