Hong Kong Airlines to up Maldives frequency to four-times weekly service
Hong Kong Airlines has announced plans to add a fourth weekly flight to the Maldives.
The airline, which operated a charter service between Hong Kong and Male in 2011, began scheduled flight operations to the Maldives on January 16, 2018 with a three-time weekly service. Flights depart from Hong Kong International Airport to the Maldives’ main Velana International Airport every Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday.
Hong Kong Airlines had filed for a fourth Hong Kong – Male service from December 7, 2019. The proposed new flight is scheduled for Saturdays.
The airline uses an Airbus A330-300 aircraft, which features a two-class configuration, including 32 full-flat seats in Business Class and 260 seats in Economy Class, for its Maldives service.
Hong Kong Airlines and the city’s flagship carrier Cathay Pacific are the only two airlines offering direct flights between the Maldives and Hong Kong. However, several other airlines, including Singaporean flagship carrier Singapore Airlines and Malaysian low-cost carrier AirAsia, serve the sector via transit routes.
Established in 2006, Hong Kong Airlines boasts an ever-expanding international network covering nearly 40 destinations across Asia Pacific and North America. The airline also maintains codeshare and interline agreements with 94 airline partners.
Hong Kong Airlines, which has its main hub at Hong Kong International Airport, operates an all-Airbus fleet, comprising 31 passenger aircraft and four freighters. With an average age of around five years, the airline has one of the youngest and modern fleets in the world, following the arrival of its first A350 aircraft in September 2017.
Direct flights between the Maldives and Hong Kong are expected to boost tourist arrivals from North East Asia, especially from Hong Kong and mainland China as well.
China, which is the single biggest source market to the Maldives, has rebound after two years of major declines. It currently boasts a marketshare of 17.4 per cent in Maldives tourism, as arrivals increased by 7.6 per cent during the January-July period to reach 172,834.