South African Airways, has officially started providing flight service to Maldives. The first ever flight representing this Airways arrived at Gan International Airport on Sunday morning. Gan International Airport is one of the first few international airports in Maldives. The passengers who traveled on this flight were given a very warm welcome which included heart- warming traditional performances and events such as sky diving. Some of the most prestigious delegates attending the ceremony included the mayor of Addu City Abdulla Sodiq, minister of civil aviation Aishath Nahula and many more. Nahula said in her speech during the ceremony, that this service would surely give better chances for the development of tourism in Maldives while simultaneously offering a more fruitful platform for those working on businesses which are travel based.
Nahula also added that plans were being made for seaplane service to be introduced to Addu City such that the connectivity from this city to the rest of the world would be much stronger than it is now. Another attendee to the ceremony, Afeef, who has a note-worthy stake in Gan International Airport and is a major businessman in Maldives, mentioned that this would have several advantages to the passengers to travel to and from South Africa since the flight times will be reduced by 5 hours approximately. He also pointed out the fact that businesses in Addu City would gain further access to the South African market from this point on. Even now, South African Airways is doing their best expand the operation of direct flights to other regions of Maldives.
The other international airports in Maldives shall also be considered for this. Regardless of the fact that Maldives is generally one of the most tourist-attracting spots in Asia, not at islands in Maldives have been able to live up to this statement. For instance, Addu City, which is the secondary city in Maldives with the second highest population has not been able to do much to contribute to the growth of tourism in Maldives. Looking at the fact that it just hosts two resorts simply points to a similar conclusion. As a matter of fact, out of 100 or more resorts in Maldives, only two of them are established in Addu City.
At the moment, flights from two international operators will be doing direct flights in Gan International Airport in Addu City. However, this is soon expected to grow since Gan International Airport has undergone further development procedures such that its facilities were upgraded.