The Sir Gaetan Duval airport located at Plaine Corailes in Rodrigues will host a large aircraft in the near future.
According to a source, the Dutch consultant ECORYS is conducting a feasibility study on the project which will soon be finalised.
Moreover, the chief commissioner of Rodrigues chaired a steering committee on this issue. To recall, this project will be financed by the World Bank and will most probably start by the end of this year or early next year. In order to expand the airport, 16 families living in the area will be relocated.
The Sir Gaetan Duval Airport, which is situated in the southeast region of Rodrigues, is the only airport.
It was inaugurated in 1972 and has a small runway that can only accommodate small aircrafts such as ATR-42-500 of Air Mauritius.
On October 4, 2007 the central government announced that Plaine Corail Airport will be known as the Sir Gaetan Duval Airport, in honour of the late Sir Gaetan Duval.