Island Aviation Services (IAS), which operates the national airline Maldivian, has stated the airline is on course for recovery after the hardships encountered due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Deputy Managing Director of IAS Aishath Jennifer said the national airline worked to overcome the difficulties without laying off any staff, despite the financial burden caused by COVID-19 pandemic. She noted that IAS received a lot of assistance from the government to overcome the COVID-19 situation. Moreover, the company is currently on the path to recovery from the effects of the pandemic. She said the increasing number of tourist arrivals presents hope that the airline will soon generate net profits once again.
Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, the national airline was operating international flights to several destinations, including India, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and China.