Iberia, Spain’s national airline, has begun scheduled flights to the Maldives, where it will fly three times per week from Madrid during the months of July and August.
A special ceremony was organized at the Maldives’ main international airport, Velana International Airport (VIA), to commemorate the event. A huge number of tourists boarded the airline’s inaugural flight, which landed at VIA on Saturday.
The airline will fly three times per week, departing from Madrid on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays and returning to Spain on Wednesdays, Fridays, and Sundays.
Spain was one of the main source markets for the tourism industry of the Maldives prior to the COVID-19 pandemic. However, the number of visitor arrivals plummeted drastically as a result of the pandemic. The introduction of flights between Spain and the Maldives is expected to expand the tourism industry and increase the number of visitors.
Iberia Airline had previously stated that its flights to the Maldives will be two per week from July to August, but due to the overwhelming positive response from the major Spanish tour operators, the airline has decided to increase them to three.
According to figures from the tourism ministry, 18 airlines now operate to the Maldives, with 7,802 flight movements recorded this year.