Mega Maldives suspends Delhi operations
Mega Maldives, the leading international airline from Maldives, has suspended its operations to Indian capital of New Delhi.
In a statement, Mega said the airline would be suspending its ongoing flights between Male and Delhi until further notice. The airline blamed it on non-availability of aircraft and low demand.
“MEGA has been greatly encouraged by the feedback received for this sector and acknowledges that India, as one of the fastest growing markets for the Maldives, presents great potential. We, therefore, hope to return to this market as soon as possible,” the statement read.
For those passengers with a ticket on which the outbound journey has not been made, Mega will be providing a full refund. For those passengers with a return journey, Mega will be providing either a return journey on an alternative airline or a partial refund.
Mega became the only airline to operate direct flights between the two capital cities when it began operations to Delhi in November. The airline operated three flights a week in Male-Delhi-Male sector on a leased aircraft.
India is one of the fastest growing source markets for the Maldives’ tourism industry. According to official figures, 66,955 Indian tourists visited the Maldives last year, a 27.9 percent increase from the 52,368 recorded the previous year. That number is set to further increase this year, as a 16.6 percent hike was observed compared to January 2016 in the tourist arrivals from India last January.