As Maldives borders closed and travel restrictions heightened during the first half of 2020, almost all international travel came to a complete stop. With the aviation industry hit hardest in the pandemic, worldwide airlines grounded majority of their flights, only carrying out limited cargo operations across destinations.
The world’s largest seaplane operator, Trans Maldivian Airways having suffered the same, drastically reduced its capacity from April 1 onwards, as its partnered resort islands announced temporary closure. TMA ceased operation of its regular scheduled flights, grounding a large part of its seaplane Twin Otter fleet and transitioning to an on-demand service with hopes of rebounding its seaplane operations once the situation improved and pandemic brought under control.
Now, after a year since Maldives reopened borders and resumed tourism-related activities, total 30 international airlines have reconnected with the island nation, recommencing scheduled flights to destinations worldwide.
During the past month of July, Maldives welcomed 101,818 tourist arrivals, a huge boost of 81% compared to June 2021 arrivals.
Speaking to local media, Hurihaa News, CEO of Trans Maldivian Airways, A U M Fawzy revealed that the airline has rebounded back to 85% of its pre-COVID level capacity.
Trans Maldivian Airways holds exclusive transfer partnership roles with over 80 resorts in the Maldives and currently conducts daily seaplane operations to these resorts.
Maldives has welcomed a total of 630,943 tourists from January 1, 2021 till August 4, 2021, surpassing the total tourist arrivals for the year 2020. According to further statistics by Ministry of Tourism, 91% of resort employees have completed the first and second dose of COVID-19 vaccination, increasing traveler confidence.
Initiatives such as the ‘I’m Vaccinated’ campaign launched by Ministry of Tourism and Visit Maldives to share a positive message amongst hospitality staff to receive vaccination in addition to the precautionary measures implemented at all tourist establishments ensure the destination remains a safe haven for visiting tourists.
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