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Tourism up with increased frequency of flights: MACL

15 October 2018, MVT 13:00
MACL's Managing Director Adil Moosa speaks after the inaugural flight of India's GoAir to Velana International Airport. PHOTO: HUSSAIN WAHEED/MIHAARU
15 October 2018, MVT 13:00

Maldives Airports Company Limited (MACL)’s Managing Director, Adil Moosa, revealed that tourists have increased during this season compared to last year and that tourism in the country has expanded.

Speaking at the ceremony held after the inaugural flight of the new Indian airline ‘GoAir’ in its newly introduced Mumbai-Male route, Adil stated that flights to the Maldives have increased compared to the winter season of 2017 and that flights from European countries have increased as well.

Furthermore, Adil stated that although new airlines are not making their way to the country, he noted that the current airlines that operate to Maldives have increased the frequency of their flights. He predicted that an additional 1,000 flight movements will take place during winter this year.

The Managing Director said that while the influx of tourism is increasing, so is the airport’s capability of operating and meeting the ever increasing demand.

With the country expecting a 7.5 percent increase in tourist arrivals, Adil declared that a boom in revenue will be observed as well.

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