Maldivian considering flying to more int'l destinations

National airline Maldivian's operator, Island Aviation Services (IAS) has said the airline is considering launching flights to more international destinations.

Maldivian flew to six destinations in China before the country closed its borders due to the COVID-19 pandemic. While China has yet to reopen its borders, Maldivian's flights to China have remained suspended since then.

Currently, the international destinations Maldivian's scheduled flights operate to are India and Bangladesh. Maldivian is also offering special flights to Malaysia and Thailand during the Eid holidays. Tickets are currently on sale for special flights to these destinations.

An Island Aviation official said studies are underway to launch flights to more international destinations. However, he did not say when the flights would start.

Maldivian is also working on adding three ATR aircraft to its fleet later this year.

Island Aviation currently has a fleet of 22 aircraft, including 11 seaplanes and 11 airplanes. Last year, IAS posted a loss of MVR 159 million.