Maldives to launch direct flights between Gan and S. Africa

Maldives is looking to introduce direct flights between South Africa and its international airport in the south, Addu International Airport (AIA) operator said Friday.

Managing Director of AIA operator Mohamed Latheef told state television station on Friday that the company hopes to introduce a direct link between Maldives' southernmost Atoll Addu to South Africa later this year.

He added that several tour operators had already flown in for the discussions to commence operations.

"We're speaking to two other airlines. Hopefully we'll be able to introduce between Addu and South Africa in late November or early December. But it's yet to be finalized," Latheef revealed.

The government had invested USD45 million to initiate a major project to upgrade the airport before it was re-opened in 2016. Sri Lanka's flag carrier Sri Lankan Airline had commenced direct flights shortly after as the government launched a mega city hotel project to boost tourism in the southernmost atoll of the tropical island destination.