Flights to Kaadedhoo airport in Gaaf Dhaal Atoll have been temporarily suspended during repairs to the airport’s fire truck, local media has reported.
The Transport Ministry told Haveeru that the Maldives Airport Company Limited (MACL) and airport technicians were working to repair the truck and bring in a temporary replacement.
Airports cannot be operated without a functioning firetruck, the ministry stated.
Flights have meanwhile been diverted to Kooddoo airport.
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.