Direct flights commence between Italy, Maldives

Direct flights between Italy and Maldives have commenced.

Italy's Neos Air introduced direct flights between the two countries on Sunday. Although the airline planned to commence the flights earlier, the plans were interrupted due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Three weekly flights will be operated from Italy's Milan and Rome to Velana International Airport. The aircraft used for the operation will have a capacity of 350 passengers.

Italy is one of the most important source markets for Maldivian tourism. Last year, Italy was among the top five countries from which the most number of tourists traveled to the Maldives. With 46,690 tourists, Italy was fourth on the list. However, the number of tourists visiting the tourism-dependent archipelago from Italy since the country reopened its borders following a lockdown seem to have decreased.