SriLankan Airlines launches direct Maldives-Tokyo service

SriLankan Airlines has launched a direct service between Maldives and Japan.

The direct service between Narita International Airport in Japanese capital Tokyo and the Maldives’ main Velana International Airport began on Thursday.

The flagship carrier of neighbouring Sri Lanka will operate four direct flights per week between the capital cities of Maldives and Japan, making it the only airline to provide a direct connection between the two countries.

Japan in the ninth biggest source market for Maldives tourism.

In 2018, the Maldives welcomed 42,304 tourists from Japan which was a 2.8 per cent increase over the 41,133 in 2017. The number of Japanese tourists visiting the Maldives in the first six months of this year increased by 17.9 per cent to reach 22,624.

SriLankan Airlines operates four daily flights from Bandaranaike International Airport to the Maldives main Velana International Airport, and six flights per week to Gan International Airport in the southernmost Maldives atoll of Addu.

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