Neos, an Italian airline, has resumed direct flights to the Maldives following a brief halt due to the COVID-19 outbreak.
Neos began operations to the Maldives around a month after the country was removed from Italy’s COVID-19 travel red list, which means that individuals returning to Italy after visiting the Maldives would not have to undergo quarantine.
With the reinstatement of the Maldives-Italy route, Neos will offer direct flights from Italy’s Rome and Milan to Velana International Airport.
Furthermore, the airline had also sponsored restitution flights for Italians who had been stranded in the Maldives when the pandemic first began.
Italy is a significant tourist source market for the Maldives. Despite the pandemic, the Maldives received 45,169 tourists from Italy throughout the course of 2020.
But, since the Maldives has been on Italy’s travel red list for a long time this year, just 7,205 tourist visits from Italy have been documented as of the end of August 2021.