Malé, Maldives – Russian flag carrier Aeroflot has announced that the airline will be increasing its flight frequency to the Maldives.
The airline resumed it’s operations to to the island destination as recent as mid-May, following suspension from flying to multiple countries due to the Russian invasion of Ukraine, which was met with harsh pressure from Europe and America alike.
Since then, the airline resumed flights to multiple destinations including Sri Lanka. However, Aeroflot’s flights to the solo island country was short lived with its operations being shut down once again in the country. This raised speculations that Aeroflot’s operations to the Maldives may be met with a similar fate, although the Tourism Ministry of Maldives was quick to denounce such conjecture with an official confirmation that no such decision has been made
While it is yet to be known what the the increased frequency of the airline’s flight’s to the Maldives would translate to in terms of the number of weekly flights, it is projected that the number of inbound tourists from Russia will escalate from June onwards.
Aeroflot, which is currently the only airline that operates direct flights between Russia and the Maldives, has an Airbus A330 aircraft – which can accommodate 300 passengers – flying between the two countries, making Russia the second largest source market of the Maldives when it comes to tourism.
Figures released by the Ministry of Tourism suggests that over 68,000 tourists have arrived to the Maldives from Russia so far this year, while the total figure from all countries combined stands above a whopping 717, 553.