Island Aviation Service MD sacked

Island Aviation Services (IAS) today sacked its Managing Director Bandhu Ibrahim Saleem, allegedly by text message.

According to Haveeru, however, Saleem will remain at the company’s board.

IAS Commercial Director Ahmed Zuhair has been assigned as the acting head of the company, Haveeru reports.

IAS this year was scheduled to receive Kaadehdhoo airport in Gaaf Dhaal Atoll for development. However the hand-over was not carried out.

IAS offices and the ministries of Finance and Economic Development had not responded to phone calls at time of press.


Kaadedhoo airport transfer up in the air

The government handover of Kaadedhoo airport in Gaaf Dhaal atoll to Island Aviation Services limited (IAS) is two weeks over-due, Haveeru reports.

Previously, Haveeru journalists had been told that the exchange would take place on August 23. An island was said to be included in the package, allegedly for resort development.

IAS officials say the Finance and Economic ministries are in charge of the matter, which has not yet been settled.

IAS claims to have been unaware of plans for a ceremony to mark the transfer on August 23, although Haveeru reports that such a ceremony had been announced by the President’s office.


Kaadehdhoo airport given to Island Aviation Services for development

Kaadehdhoo airport in Gaaf Dhaal Atoll was today handed over to Island Aviation Services Limited (IAS) for development.

A special ceremony was held to mark the occasion after a cabinet meeting scheduled for this afternoon in Gaaf Dhaal atoll Thinadhoo, reported Haveeru News. The government is also considering a proposal to offer IAS an island for resort development.

Cabinet discussions at Thinadhoo today were said to address development programmes planned for Thinadhooo and Upper South Province.

President Mohamed Nasheed was said to inaugurate Thinadhooo Development Corporation this evening before leaving the island.