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Direct flights to the south of Maldives are now possible thanks to the newly opened Kooddoo Airport

Travellers hoping to explore the pristine southern Atolls of the Maldives archipelago while on their luxury Maldives holidays will be pleased to learn that the local government have recently opened the newly constructed Kooddoo Airport in the Gaafu Alifu Atoll. Travellers now have easy access to the Park Hayatt Maldives Hadahaa- located just a short boat ride away from the Kooddoo Airport.

Direct flights to the south of Maldives are now possible thanks to the newly opened Kooddoo Airport

Made up of an astonishing 1,192 beautiful coral islands forming 26 atolls strewn across 35,000 square miles in the India Ocean, the Maldives archipelago has long been a favourite spot for travellers planning an exotic holiday escape. The appeal of the Maldives has been owed in large part to its sunny climate, turquoise and serene waters and its beautiful white sand beaches - all of which combine to make the ideal recipe for an unforgettable beach holiday with that coveted "desert island" effect.

However, with the majority of direct flights to the Maldives destined for the Northern Atolls, the majority of travellers planning luxury holidays in the Maldives have not had the opportunity to explore and experience the beauty that the southern part of the archipelago has to offer - this is now set to change. On the 10th September 2012 officials launched the eagerly awaited Kooddoo Airport in the Gaafu Alifu Atoll which means that travellers can now enjoy their Maldives holidays in the, as yet, untouched southern half of the Maldives.

New Maldives Kooddoo Airport
Image by: worldtraveller5, on Flickr

One of the most exclusive Maldives hotels, the Park Hayatt Maldives Hadahaa is expected to be a major benefactor to the newly launched airport, conveniently located near the new Kooddoo Airport via a short boat transfer. Thanks to the newly constructed airport, travellers can now access the Park Hayatt Maldives Hadahaa in half the time that it used to take- making life much easier for those passengers eager to kick back relax and enjoy their sea and sand holidays soon after landing in their exotic destination.

 Park Hayatt Maldives Hadahaa- Maldives
Image by: worldtraveller5, on Flickr

The Kooddoo Airport now brings the number of airports in the Maldives to eight, two of which are international airports- indicative of the efforts undertaken by the local tourism officials to ensure the satisfaction of their visitors and ultimately that the popularity of Maldives holidays continue to grow.

The launch of the Kooddoo Airport will be seen by many as a step in the right direction as the nation seeks overcome the negative publicity received on the back of the recent political unrest. In February 2012 there was what was termed “a transfer of power” which saw former president Mohammed Nasheed ousted by Mohammed Wahed Hassan however many political commentators have described the move as a coup d’etat.

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