Drone services to be allowed next year onward

Maldivian Minister of Transport Aishath Nahula chatting with an Addu International Airport staff during the inauguration ceremony of South African Airlines flights to Gan International Airport on December 2, 2018 | Photo: adduLIVE

Malé, Maldives – Minister of Transport and Civil Aviation, Aishath Nahula has said that permits will be issued next year to provide various services using drones in Maldives.

Minister Nahula said this in a statement on the occasion of International Civil Aviation Day. In the statement, Nahula said the rules for the drone services would be formulated and gazetted before the end of this year.

Nahula added that the government is carrying out a project to connect Maldives with an air transport system. The Civil Aviation Authority will provide resources to develop the system.

In addition, the biggest achievement in the field of air transport is the development of Velana International Airport and the operation of the new runway, she said.

At the same time, air travel and tourism are linked and she is pleased that Maldives has been named the World Leading Destination for three consecutive years.

She also added that the development and growth of the civil aviation industry can only be achieved in the most desirable manner by providing resources, especially human resources, by the Civil Aviation Authority.

Under the initiative, a scholarship scheme called “Aviators Next Generation” was introduced in 2019 to overcome the challenges faced in this field.

“I am very pleased to announce that those who studied under the scholarships have now started serving the Authority,” Nahula explained.

In the statement Minister Nahula added that the government’s policy is to develop aviation with consideration for its environmental impact. Maldives has applied for voluntary participation in the Carbon Offsetting and Reduction Scheme for International Aviation (COSIA) from next year, she said.