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Maldivian airlines to fly Colombo from August

Male Wednesday: Maldivian airlines will operate direct flights to Colombo from August 7 this year. The airline owned and operated by Island Aviation Services Ltd is the leading domestic carrier of the country. They plan to operate three flights per week initially . The services are to be operated from the Gan Addu (Seenu), the island nationís other International Airport.


The Maldivian Airline aircraft

The carrier was formerly known as Island Aviation and was re-branded in August 2008. The main reason for the re-branding was to establish a brand in order to further distinguish the airline in the existing markets and to give the airline a name that reflected its origins - the Maldives and its people.

The Minister of Economic Development Ahmed Mohamed siad that the trade and tourism between the two countries are increasing and this was one of the key reasons for the airline to fly to Colombo. Many Maldivians also visit Sri Lanka to obtain health and education services. In addition tourists as well as labour expatriate workers based in the Maldives also use Colombo as one of their main transit points to travel to Indian and European destinations.

The Minister commenting also said that Sri Lankan expatriate workers are a key to economic development of the Maldives and since of late there is a shift from unskilled labour to skilled labour from Sri Lanka.

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