China-Maldives flights to commence next month

Flight of Southern China Airlines takes off | Photo:

Male’, Maldives – The Tourism Ministry of Maldives has announced that flights between China and Maldives would be commenced within the upcoming month.

In an updated report published by the Ministry on Thursday, it revealed that China Southern Airlines will be having direct flights to the Maldives and that commencement is expected within next month.

Prior to Covid-19, China used to be the top source market for the tourist arrival in the Maldives. However, with the outbreak of the novel coronavirus, China was forced to shut down its borders barring anyone from leaving the country. Many countries, including the Maldives also restricted Chinese travelers from entering the country as well.

While the report did not specify an exact date of flight commencement, more airlines are also expected to start operations to the island destination, which include;

  • Azur Air Russia
  • Norwind
  • Austrian Airlines
  • Lufthansa
  • Fly Dubai
  • Gulf Air and;
  • GoAir

Out of these, Lufthansa, Fly Dubai and Norwind have announced their recommencement dates as 27th of October, while GoAir is set to restart flights on the first of November. Austrian Airlines is also set to fly to Maldives on the 25th of October, although Azur and Gulf Air are yet to announce a commencement date.

Currently, there are 11 airlines flying to the Maldives, which have flown more than 27,000 tourists to the Maldives since the country opened up its borders on July 15th. Having have earned a safe travel stamp by World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC), Maldives continues to make the destination a safe haven for visitors from across the globe.