Singapore Airlines flights thrice weekly to Maldives

Singapore Airlines at Velana International Airport | Photo: VIA

Malé, Maldives – Singapore Airlines schedules three times weekly flights to Maldives.

The airline is going to fly from Changi Airport, Singapore to Velana International Airport, Maldives three times a week on Fridays, Saturdays and Tuesdays.

Singapore Airlines flights to Maldives were halted due to borders closing because of the Covid-19 pandemic in 2020. Maldives closed its borders to international travel on 27 March 2020.

The Maldivian government reopened its borders on July 15 with just four airlines, following a period of international travel restrictions spanning nearly four months. Six months after the border reopening, the situation in travel has almost reverted back to what it was before the border closure.

According to Maldives Airports Company Ltd (MACL), over 30 airlines, out of the 35 airlines operating to Maldives prior to the Covid-19 pandemic, are now operating scheduled flights to the island nation’s main airport, VIA. This includes Singapore Airlines and regional subsidiary Silk Air.

All travellers to the Maldives, excluding Maldives citizens, must present a negative COVID‑19 PCR test result, conducted within 96 hours prior to departure. Travellers are also requested to complete the online Immigration and Health self‑declaration form within 24 hours prior to arrival.

The renewal of weekly flights by Singapore Airlines is expected to open the region for tourism. Maldives received over 100,000 tourists in March alone, while welcoming over 200,000 this year.

With renewed hope, the government expects to attract over 1.5 million tourists in 2021. Minister of Tourism Dr Abdulla Mausoom, on several occasions, stated that this year would be a “very successful” year for Maldivian tourism industry.