Thiruvananthapuram – Launching its first international operation, Maldives’ national carrier ‘Island Aviation Services’ would be starting daily flights between the island nation’s capital Male and Thiruvananthapuram from January 25.
To start with the airline would be flying a 50-seater Dash8 aircraft for the 120-minute journey, starting from 13:30 Maldives time, and return to the island at 18:30 from here, the airline’s Managing Director, Bandhu I Saleem, told a press meet here.
” We are making a beginning in the international aviation sector on the strength of warm ties between the two countries and their liberal aviation policies,” Saleem said.
Island, fully-owned by the Maldivian Government, had so far been providing inter-island connectivity among the islands constituting the Maldives.
The launch of the service in the sector would help the normal passengers flying between the two countries and also the tourism boom on both sides, he said.
A fast emerging tourist hotspot, the number of resorts in Maldives was expected to go up to 100 from 80 now. Male receive quite a large number of chartered tourist flights from European countries, he said.
Spencer’s Travels Services Ltd., would be representing the airline whose office was inaugurated in the city Tuesday.