The Maldives national carrier, Mega Airlines has announced plans to develop routes into Melbourne, Australia amongst other top-tier international destinations.
Melbourne, along with Johannesburg, two German cities and Tokyo will see direct, fixed-weekly flight routes developed to the Maldives.
Australia reported 13,000 visitors to the Maldives in 2011, indicating 33 percent growth.
The Maldives imports consumable products from Australia and Australia is becoming a growing market for the Maldives number one export; fresh reef and ocean fish.
Mega Maldives Airlines recently employed a new commercial development manager to handle the new routes and destinations.
“To support this growth we have recently appointed Mr Vernon Nathan as Commercial Development Manager, with specific responsibility for the new Melbourne and Johannesburg routes,” a spokesperson for the airline said.
“Vernon is based in Melbourne and has over forty years of International airline experience in scheduled and non-scheduled operations both in the Middle East as well as the African continent including South Africa.”
This growth comes on the back of a 6.1 percent increase in tourist arrivals to the Maldives during June 2012.
Almost half a million visitors were registered as visiting the Maldives from January to June 2012.
This is an increase of 2.3 percent compared to the same period in 2011, according to the Maldives Marketing & PR Corporation.
In related news, Mega Airlines also announced the addition of a third aircraft to its fleet, a Boeing 757-200W.
This new aircraft will enter into service in August 2012 and will support the airline’s existing services between Male’ and Hong Kong, Chongqing and Chengdu.
Source = e-Travel Blackboard: P.T