Maldives Airports Company Limited has said that flights to the Maldives are already overbooked as the country prepares to reopen its borders tomorrow. The borders of the Maldives have been closed since March 27, due to the situation with COVID-19.
The flight schedule publicized by MACL states that the country was set to welcome a flight of the Qatar Airways at 8:25 tomorrow, which will be the first international commercial flight to land in the country in more than three months.
Emirates is set to recommence operations on the following day. Five flights will be conducted per week by the airline.
Etihad Airways will also operate two flights per week. It will utilize an A320 series planes for the operations which will commence on July 18.
The three airlines carry a large number of passengers between the Maldives and Europe as well as the Middle East.
Flights that will begin operations in August include Gulf Air, British Airways, Hong Kong Airlines, Silk Air, Indigo, Singapore Airlines, and Sri Lankan.
Edelweiss is set to operate to the Maldives in September while Turkish Air is set to begin operations in the following month.
MACL has also previously announced reductions in fees for airlines that operate to the Maldives.
All international airlines operating to the main international airport Velana International Airport will be entitled to the discount.
They include discounts from ground handling, Navigation, and Parking charges levied on airlines which will be distributed into three stages and last until March 26, 2021.
Airlines operating to the airport from July 15 to August will receive a 100 per cent discount. While airlines operating from September to October 27 will receive a 75 per cent discount. Airlines operating from October 28 to March 26 will receive a 50 per cent discount.
MACL said that it believed the discounts would increase the frequency and encourage airlines to operate to the country which will, in turn, benefit the tourism industry of the country.
Tourism Ministry of the Maldives has estimated that around 41 resorts will be operating when the country reopens tomorrow. The government is targeting to bring 850,000 tourists in the remaining months of 2020. The Maldives had already seen 300,000 tourist arrivals when it closed its borders due to COVID-19.
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