Maldivian unable to keep up with holiday demand for domestic flights

The national airline, Maldivian, has said the airline is working to increase the number of seats available for domestic travel.

The public has taken to social media to express their frustration at not being able to book seats for domestic travel during the upcoming school holidays.

Regarding the matter, Maldivian's Sales Manager Rafaha Ibrahim said that as the current period is the peak tourism season, many tourists are visiting the Maldives. She said this is mainly the reason for almost all seats on domestic flights being booked. Acknowledging that the airline's call center is receiving multiple complaints, Rafaha said the airline is working to rectify the issue.

'The management is working hard to increase supply more than demand. Discussions are ongoing to increase the frequency of flights,' she said.

Maldivian, which is currently facing economic woes, has a fleet of six aircraft, out of which four are grounded for 'scheduled maintenance. The airline has chartered flights from other local airlines to avoid interruption of its services.