I don't think so John. I haven't been back since the 60's but I think the main airport is Mahe. I heard from from someone that Gan still has an airstrip, or maybe even an airport, but I think it is for feeder flights to the capital. Must Google it to find out. My son has been to The Maldives a couple of times and told me most of the tourist islands are the size of a postage stamp but my memory of Gan is that is was quite a long island although to be fair the social life with the RAF ashore and return matches on board was such that memory is perhaps not the best word to use.
Thanks Tony. I was curious because my daughter is going to the Maldives in September. I think the islands are all getting smaller - it's a bit like lying in the bath and watching your big toes disappear as it fills up.
I read a story about Gan in Time magazine years ago. The only women who ever went to the island were Stewardesses on RAF transport planes. After each visit, there were lots of yarns flying around about who'd got to crack on to one of them. Most of the tales were pure bullsh*t, but a few days after one of the flights had left, an RAF bloke was diagnosed with a dose of clap! Everyone was so proud of him they carried him round the base shoulder high. And I thought DFC stood for Distinguished Flying Cross!
I flew home form Singapore 1971, after paying off an RFA. I think most of the island turned out to see us land, as we had families aboard which contained women. Also called there a couple of times, even managed a night ashore to the Officers club, but don't recall much of that. The airstrip is still there, or was when I googled it a couple of years ago when I went to another island for a holiday. To stop the islands wearing away they had pumps on one side of the island pumping sand across the island to where it was being eroded on the other.
In 65 there was one woman on Gan ;she was the nurse . Had her own bungalow behind the officers beach adjacent to the C/O bungalow . Never met her but reports were that she was pretty safe according to the RAF boys .
Great snorkelling at the officers beach .