Maldivian, the national airline of Maldives welcomed its inaugural flight from Hangzhou, China today. The flight to Hangzhou departed from Malé on 13th September and Maldivian welcomed the first arrivals from Hangzhou to Maldives this morning around 0615 hrs with 200 passengers. Airbus A321 aircraft will serve this route once a week. At present Maldivian operates to Chengdu, Chongqing, Xi’an, Nanjing, and Wuhan.
The Maldives ranks among the top travel destinations for Chinese holidaymakers. Maldives had seen a significant boom in tourism from the Chinese market for the past four years
Despite the slight lows in recent months: visitors for the first half of 2017 was recorded as 141,495, a drop of 10.3%, compared to last year’s at 157,764, China remains the largest market for the Maldives’ tourism industry.
As per recent statistics, the number of tourists to the Maldives increased in September. The average length of stay decreased from 6.4 to 5.3 days, but increased by 2% for nights in September, while the occupancy had also improved to 64%.
The government is committed to gradually boost Maldives tourism. The government targets to bring in 1.4 million tourists. Last year, Maldives also announced plans to host a major annual tourism fair over the next four years to bring in 2 million tourists and increase the revenue up to 3.5 billion dollars.
Dubai-based Emirates airlines has announced that it will begin a third daily service to Malé, the capital of Maldives.
The Dubai-based airline Emirates announced in a statement that it will introduce a third daily flight service, which will begin on December 1st, adding seven more inbound flights a week to Maldives and will help boost cargo and passenger capacity on the route.
The flight schedule:
Emirates flight EK656 (inbound flight)
Depart Dubai International Airport at 0210hrs
Arrive Ibrahim Nasir International Airport (Malé) at 0715hrs
Emirates flight EK657 (outbound flight)
Depart Ibrahim Nasir International Airport (Malé) at 0845hrs
Arrive Dubai International Airport at 1155hrs
Emirates’ senior vice president, commercial operations – West Asia and Indian Ocean, Ahmed Khoory said “The Maldives has proven to be a strong market for leisure and family travel.”
“Increased cargo capacity on the route will also help facilitate business between the Maldives and its key trading markets.”
Boeing 777- 300 ER aircrafts will be used for the proposed new flights. These flights are with a two class configuration which will add 294 business class and 2702 economy class seats each way on this route. The cargo capacity will increase by an additional 23 tonnes per flight.
The carrier which first started flight services to Malé in 1987, presently operates two daily flights to Maldives with a third flight to Colombo, Sri Lanka stopping over in Malé.
The Emirates has been growing exponentially since introducing new routes and expanded capacity. They have declared a profit growth of DHs 1.9bn for the first half of this year and expect an 8-10% growth in the coming months with the introduction of the new routes and flights.
Records show the airline carried 23.3 million passengers between April 1 – September 30, up 8.4%, the statement said.