Maldivian plans to start charter flights to Delhi soon

Maldivian – Maldivian, the national airline of Maldives, plans to begin charter flights to India, and negotiations are currently on to start such operations to Delhi. This information was provided by Hussain Lirar, Deputy Minister of Tourism, Republic of Maldives, during a recent presentation organised by Maldives Tourism in Delhi. He hopes the operations can commence in the next two to three months. As volume increases, the operation will be converted into a scheduled direct service. Currently, there are no direct flights from Delhi to Male International Airport.

According to Lirar, about 33,000 Indians visited Maldives in 2013. The island nation received over one million arrivals last year. “In the coming five years, Maldives Tourism expects a five-fold increase in arrivals,” stated Lirar.

The Maldivian government will also develop new areas in the northern and southern parts for tourism by creating more lodging facilities, informed Lirar. He said that around ten islands have been identified and the tendering process for developing these islands with the help of private investors will begin this year.

“The central part of Maldives is already an economic hub. We now want to develop north and south. We already have international airports in the two regions. Now we want to develop lodging facilities to attract tourists to the islands here,” Lirar said.

The Minister invited Indians to invest in tourism in the northern and southern parts. In order to make Maldives affordable to all sorts of travellers, Lirar said that they are focusing on developing more three- and four-star accommodations.

Mohamed Naseer, High Commissioner of Maldives to India, said that they would organise at least two roadshows in Delhi this year. He also said they plan to organise more cultural events and food events in key cities of India to improve awareness about Maldivian life and culture.

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