MEGA Launches Direct Flights Between Chongqing And Malé

Maldives Promotion House – Mega Maldives has achieved a major milestone in its short history by launching a brand new service between China and the Maldives. Still within their first year, Mega Maldives Airlines has proudly announced their fourth scheduled route between capital, Malé and the Chinese commercial powerhouse of Chongqing, in the heart of south-western mainland China.

While China has proven itself as a prominent market for the Maldives’ tourism industry, a recent survey has shown that the Maldives is now higher on the list than other famous beach destinations, such as Bali or Phuket. This popularity, combined with the recent sluggish performance of western economies, has led to the world’s most populous nation becoming one of the Maldives’ most vital sources of incoming tourist arrivals.

Chongqing is one of the fastest growing cities in China, having grown from a population of about 1 million in 1950, to almost 30 million today. This bustling metropolis is home to one-third of China’s automobile production, as well as a number of leading international retail and finance groups, including Ford, Mazda, HSBC, Standard Chartered Bank, Citibank, Deutsche Bank, ANZ Scotiabank, Wal Mart, Metro AG and Carrefour.

Mega Maldives views Chongqing as the next logical choice for a direct connection between one of the world’s most renowned and most sought after holiday destinations and the heart of China’s commerce and industry. Mega Maldives Airlines is proud to deliver on its objectives of initiating new direct services to routes that has previously not been serviced by any other airline.

The new service, 5M162 departs Ibrahim Nasir International Airport (MLE) for Chongqing’s Jiangbei International Airport (CKG) every five days for the 7 hour flight. Following a short turnaround, the return flight – 5M163 – will carry a fresh planeload of holidaymakers in Mega Maldives comfort non-stop to Malé, where travellers can make the easy connection with seaplane or ferry to one of the country’s many world-famous resorts.

“Following the success of previous routes other major Chinese cities, it was an easy and highly logical decision to include Chongqing as the next focus route for Mega Maldives Airlines. As the Chinese outbound market grows at breakneck pace, an ever increasing number of travellers from ‘megacities’, such as Chongqing, want an easy and direct holiday connection with the Maldives – a name synonymous with the world’s best beaches, five-star island resorts and incredible natural settings,” Marketing Director of Mega Maldives Airlines, Ali Faiz said.

In 2009, Maldives recorded 61,000 tourists from China. This figure almost doubled in 2010 to 119,000 in 2010. The trend continued, with a jump of 62 percent on the previous year, with 146,668 arrivals recorded between January and September this year.

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