To cater to the growing number of tourists from India, Maldivian, the national carrier of the Maldives, today announced launch of its direct services from Mumbai, Chennai and Dhaka to Male.
Maldivian will be operating 3 flights a week –
To Chennai - Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday
To Mumbai - Wednesday, Friday and Sunday.
These routes will be serviced by an Airbus 320 which will be the first jet aircraft joining the fleet. The new routes are scheduled to commence effective 15th November 2012.
To cater to the new direct routes, Maldivian will be adding a 154-seat Airbus 320 aircraft to its fleet by October 2012. Presently, the fleet consists of 2 Dash8-200 series aircraft (37 seats) and 3 Dash8-300 series aircraft (50 seats).
"The announcement reflects the importance Maldivian places on expanding its portfolio of destinations in India and provides more choice, more flexibility and more options," Mr. Abdul Harris, Managing Director, Maldivian, said.
Maldivian, which has only been in operation for 12 years, began its operations to Trivandrum, India in January 2007. This was a major step as it was the first international flight for the carrier.
Maldives is known as a leisure destination - most popular with couples and honeymooners. However it is to be noted that many families travel too. More and more resorts are providing various creative and educational activities to keep the kids occupied while the parents could take a well deserved break. Maldives also has the ingredients to become a leading destination for weddings.
The growth rate for travelers from India to Maldives increased by 20%, from 25,756 in 2010 to 30,978 in 2011. Maldives targets to achieve a two per cent increase in Indian arrivals by December 2012.
The domestic network links the main international airport Ibrahim Nasir International Airport to rest of the country. Maldivian has frequent flights to Hanimadhoo Airport (Haa Dhaalu Atoll), Kadhdhoo (Laamu Atoll); Kadedhdhoo (Gaaf Dhaalu Atoll); Koodoo Airport (Gaaf Alifu Atoll); Fuvahmulah Airport (Gnaviyani Atoll), Gan International Airport (Addu Atoll) and Dharavandhoo Airport, Baa Atoll.