Aviation Politics

High court overturns lower court order to halt airport takeover

Passengers about to board a Flyme aircraft at Kaadehdhoo Airport. PHOTO/VILLA AIR

Passengers about to board a Flyme aircraft at Kaadehdhoo Airport. PHOTO/VILLA AIR

The High Court has overturned the verdict of the Civil Court to halt the state’s takeover of Kaadehdhoo Domestic Airport.

The government had terminated the contract with Villa Air, a subsidiary of Villa Group belongings to local tycoon and Jumhoory Party leader Qasim Ibrahim, due to some aspects of airport management violating the standards and regulations of Civil Aviation. Villa Air had filed a lawsuit over the broken contract and the Civil Court had ordered the government to halt its takeover of the airport until a verdict is reached.

The Chief Judge of the High Court’s Bench, Abdulla Didi, stated that the bench has concluded the Civil Court’s verdict as being against Islamic Sharia and constitutional regulations.

Judge Abdulla Didi was accompanied by Judge Abdulla Hameed and Judge Abdul Rauf.

Previously, Qasim had said that the airport was seized ahead of a major investment. According to Qasim, the airport was headed for an investment worth USD 200 million to convert it to an international Airport.

Source URL: Mihaaru-News

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