Ace Aviation Services announced Thursday that Sri Lankan Airlines will continue flights between Addu Atoll and Colombo, despite an earlier decision to stop operations.
The Managing Director of Ace Aviation, Mohamed Firaq, stated that the government had requested to continue the flights, and vowed to resolve the issues Sri Lankan Airlines faced in operating to the southernmost atoll.
Ace Aviation had previously revealed that Sri Lankan Airlines decided to halt flight operations to Addu due to profit loss. According to Firaq, Gan International Airport's services were insufficient, and locals looking to travel to Sri Lanka from the nearby Fuvahmulah and Huvadhoo Atoll have limited access to the airport in Gan.
In addition, he stated that there were issues related to Immigration in Gan Airport.
Firaq revealed that the government has promised to resolve these issues, although the latter has not released a statement regarding the issue yet.
Firaq also shared plans to expand flight routes to other regions from Gan via Flyme, a privately owned Maldivian Airline operated by Villa Air, if the quality of the services provided at the Addu airport were improved.
According to Firaq, it would provide the opportunity for travellers to fly to Maamigili, Dharavandhoo and Huvadhoo Atoll from Gan International Airport via Flyme.
Sri Lanka’s national carrier, Sri Lankan Airlines, commenced scheduled flights from capital Colombo to Gan International Airport in Addu atoll on December 1, 2016. The airline operates three weekly flights between Colombo and Gan, on every Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday.