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.
Velana International Airport (VIA) celebrated Emirates 30 years of service to Maldives. An official water salute welcomed Emirates first flight of the day with an official function held at Maamehi Lounge at Velana International Airport.
The function was joined by the Managing Director of Maldives Airports Ltd (MACL) Mr. Adil Moosa, Representative of Maldives Civil Aviation Ms. Fathimath Raamiza, and Emirates District Manager Mr. Darrell Soertsz along with representatives of airport related institutions, staff of MACL and Emirates.
MACL MD Mr. Adil Moosa and Emirates District Manager Mr. Darrell Soertsz gave speeches at the function and corporate gifts were exchanged between the two companies. Moreover, a ceremonial cake was cut and group photos were taken on the occasion. The function was concluded after refreshments.
At the function, MD of MACL Mr. Adil Moosa emphasized on Emirates contribution to Maldives Tourism & trade and also congratulated Emirates for their 30 years of operations in the Maldives. Emirates District Manager Mr. Darrell Soertsz stated that Emirates has played an important part in Maldives with their huge number of passenger traffic & air cargo services. He also thanked Universal Enterprise and MACL for their continued support over the years.
Emirates Maldives Milestone Emirates Airlines commenced its operations on May 1987 with a B727 aircraft. Back then Emirates operated 02 flights a week with a capacity of 189 seats each.
October 1998 Emirates appoints Universal Enterprises as Passenger Sales Agent (PSA)
December 2000 Emirates appoints Universal Enterprises as Cargo Sales Agent
March 2004 Emirates adds 5 new services a week to Malé,
January 2005 Emirates opens new office amalgamating Emirates City office & PSA office
April 2005 Emirates SkyCargo launches ADX (Airport-to-Door) and DDX (Door-to-Door in Malé
2006 Emirates becomes the first airline to open a cargo operations office at then-Malé
International Airport present Velana International Airport
August 2010 Emirates launches daily flights from Malé to Colombo
September 2012 Emirates voted Best Airline in the Maldives – Maldives Association of Travel Agents & Tour Operators (MATATO).
December 2014 Emirates adds third daily flight from Malé to Dubai
Now Emirates operates daily 4 flights (B777 – 300 ER) with a capacity of 360 seats on each flight.(3 flights to Dubai and 1 flight to Colombo).
About Maldives Airports Company Ltd
Maldives Airports Company Limited (MACL) is a 100% government-owned limited liability company incorporated under the Companies Act of the Rep of Maldives. MACL is governed by a Board of Directors appointed by the Privatisation & Corporatisation Board of the Maldives. The Corporate Office of MACL is on the island of Hulhule’, Republic of Maldives Maldives Airports Company is the operator of Velana International Airport and has been massively involved in destination marketing and bringing in new airlines to the Maldives to boost up the tourism industry. MACL has embarked on one of the biggest projects in the history of Maldives in developing the future Velana International Airport such as the development of a brand new international passenger terminal, a new code F runway, a new cargo terminal complex and a new fuel farm along with hydrant system and major infrastructure developments at Velana internationals Airport.