The number of private jets landing at Maafaru International Airport has increased by 59 percent, with over 100 jets expected to land at the airport during the current month.
General Manager of Maafaru Airport, Mumthaz Ali in an interview given to AVAS said that the number of jets expected to land at the airport this month was initially 40. However, with the beginning of the peak tourism season, it is now believed that over 100 jets will land at the airport this month.
Maafaru Airport is situated in Noonu atoll, which is home to several high end resorts of the Maldives. The airport’s GM said the number of private jets that land at the airport are expected to increase month by month.
While 15 private jets landed at the airport when the Maldives reopened its borders in July, the number remained more or less the same with 14 arrivals in August and 13 in September. However, the number of private jets landing at the airport started picking up in October, with 41 private jets landing at the airport. The number increased to 65 in November. This is an increase of 59 percent. 18 private jets landed at Maafaru Airport during the first five days of December.
Maafaru Airport is managed by national airline, Maldivian. The increase in number of jets landing at the airport is expected to increase the airlines’ financial standing during the current economic fall out.