Ukraine International Airlines Commences Charter Operations to Maldives

PUBLISHED December 26, 2020 | updated December 26, 2020 04:04

Ukraine International Airlines (UIA) has commenced operation of charter flights to the Maldives from December 26, 2020 onwards.  

The airlines’ first charter flight to the Maldives (since border reopening) landed today afternoon at Velana International Airport with 277 passengers.  

Azur Air Ukraine has also begun charter flight operations to the island nation. Maldives welcomed the charter flight early morning today as well. According to Maldives Airports Company Ltd (MACL), the flight carried 311 passengers to the sunny side of life. 

During the past month, Maldives recorded a 0.9 percent increase in arrivals from the Ukraine. Considered as one of the top source markets to the country after border reopening, Ukraine is expected to show further increase in arrivals with the recently announced charter flights to the Maldives.  

“Working under quarantine restrictions in 2020 taught the UIA team flexibility, adaptability and resilience. And alone, without any outside help, we endured and passed this test. Everyone at UIA is ready to work for the result as well 24/7 and provide passengers with the opportunity to fly in the new 2021. Accordingly, we look to the future only with a positive. The beginning of vaccination against Covid-19 in the USA, Great Britain, Germany and other European countries also indicates a positive signal for recovery,” said the CEO of the UIA, Evheniy Dykhne. 

Due to the worldwide pandemic, Ukraine International Airlines places the safety and health of its passengers and crew at the highest levels. UIA applies safety standards and procedures provided by the World Health Organization, the International Air Transport Association, the European Aviation Safety Agency, the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control, as well as the Ministry of Health of Ukraine and the State Aviation Service.  

UIA plans a gradual restoration of the original route network in 2021. In particular, from the beginning of the summer season of 2021, it is planned to launch flights on 43 international and 7 domestic routes, which will restore full-fledged air communication between the regions of Ukraine and numerous European countries through the hub at Boryspil International Airport. Starting from April 2021, UIA plans to restore its own route network by 64% of the volume of 2019. 


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