GMR welcomes “smooth” handover of airport

GMR has claimed that a transition agreed by GMR Male International Airport Limited (GMIAL) and the state-owned Maldives Airports Company Limited (MACL) has helped ensure a “smooth” management switch-over following a decision to nationalise Ibrahim Nasir International Airport (INIA).

In a statement released yesterday, GMR said that it had worked to try and ensure no passenger or airline services were disrupted by the change of management to MACL.  The state-owned company has resumed management of INIA after the present government opted to void the Indian infrastructure giant’s concession agreement – the largest single foreign investment project in the Maldives’ history.

“Even though the legal position and stand of GMIAL remains unchanged, it was purely in recognition of the Court of Appeals, Singapore’s decision that a smooth take-over was facilitated. GMR and Malaysia Airports came to the Republic of Maldives to participate in the development of a modern and progressive Maldives and would not like to leave with the task being half done,” the India-based infrastructure group stated.

“So whilst the legal process for determination of compensation, etc is on and will take its own course; we remain committed and open to a dialogue with the Government of Maldives and in service to the people of Maldives.”

On Sunday (December 9), MACL told Minivan News that there had been no disruption to services at INIA after it resumed management of the site from GMR – a claim backed by several resort operators and airlines at the time.