Addu City, Maldives – It has been revealed that the government of Maldives has held discussions with Gan International Airport, local and international airlines as well as resorts, tour operators and other tourism related organizations, in order to recommence international flight operations to Gan International Airport.
In the online meeting held on Thursday in which the Minister of Tourism Dr. Abdullah Mausoom also also participated, discussions focused on the collaborative efforts which would help restart international travel to the city, as well as about promoting surfing points, diving points and natural beauty of the southernmost three atolls, Addu City, Fuvahmulah City and Huvadhu Atoll.
Speaking at this meeting, Minister Dr. Abdulla Mausoom confirmed that national celebrations of this year’s World Tourism Day which is to be marked on the 27th of September will be held in Addu City, while also reiterating the plans of the government to increase tourist beds in the city.
Although SriLankan Airlines used to have scheduled flights to the city, along with several other airlines as charters, as of now, no international airlines are operating to the city due to the Covid-19 pandemic, which saw the two main resorts of the city being shut down, ultimately resulting in a plummeting demand for airlines. However, authorities are working on changing the dynamic, towards which the government has already initiated efforts in opening a sea plane base in the city, to increase domestic connectivity.