Tourism Minister thanks Air France for restarting flights to Maldives

Air France flight | photo: VIA

Male’, Maldives – Tourism Minister Abdulla Mausoom has thanked French airline AirFrance earlier today for resuming flights to the Maldives.

Minister Mausoom tweeted that in 2019, France contributed to 3.5% market share of total arrivals to the Maldives, with 59,738 tourists. He added that Air France resuming flights to Velana International Airport (VIA) is an encouraging sign of Maldives’ tourism bouncing back.

Maldives Airports Company Limited (MACL) has said that Air France will operate three weekly flights to the island nation.

After initial border closure at the end of May, Maldives reopened borders for international travel on July 15. While tourist arrivals were low following border reopening, tourism numbers have increased exponentially.

Air France joins multiple other well known Airlines including Qatar Airways, Emirates and Sri Lankan Airlines to resume scheduled flights to the Maldives. along with more than 20 other Airlines who have also resumed travel to the Maldives, and has greatly contributed to the significant increase in recent tourist arrivals.

Tourism numbers have surged in the Maldives, with high numbers of daily arrivals contributing to reaching arrival milestones thought unachievable just a few weeks ago. Such as the 100,000 arrivals post border opening and the 500,000th tourist arriving earlier this week.