Maldives’ national carrier, Maldivian, announced Thursday that all flights scheduled prior to Eid on Monday have been fully booked due to increased demand for domestic flights in time for the holidays.
Ali Nashaath, head of administration of Maldivian’s operator Island Aviation Services (IAS), said they had increased the number of flights to several of Maldivian’s destinations to meet the high demand for the Eid holidays.
“Ticket bookings commenced over a month ago. Since then, we’ve been working for Maldivian to cater to all,” he said.
According to Nashaath, they had added the most number of additional flights to Laamu atoll due to the atoll citizens’ plans for a very colourful Eid. Accordingly, ten more flights had been added to the normal schedule for that atoll.
With the exception of Thaa atoll Thimarafushi island and Fuvahmulah (Gnaviyani atoll), Maldivian had also added more flights to the atolls of Addu, Gaafu Alif and Gaafu Dhaalu, and the islands of Dharavandhoo in Baa atoll and Hanimaadhoo in Haa Dhaalu atoll.
“There were minimum five more [flights] to Addu, Dharavandhoo and Hanimaadhoo. Fewer flights for Eid were scheduled only for islands with small populations,” explained Nashaath.
“There are no more bookings available on the flights for these two-three days. All are full.”
Maldivian had not introduced any special fares for the Eid holidays this year, maintaining the same rates that were announced at the beginning of the year.