MACL announces discounts for international airlines

Flights on the tarmac of Velana International Airport. The government is set to increase the ADF charges and Service charges from the Airport as included in the state budget of 2019 that was presented by Finance Minister Ameer on November 4 to the Parliament. (Photo/MACL)

Maldives Airports Company Limited has announced reductions in fees for airlines that operate to the Maldives when the borders of the country reopen.  

All international airlines operating to the main international airport Velana International Airport will be entitled to the discount. 

They include discounts from ground handling, Nanding, Navigation, and Parking charges levied on airlines which will be distributed into three stages and last until March 26, 2021. 

Airlines operating to the airport from July 15 to August will receive a 100 percent discount. While airlines operating from September to October 27 will receive a 75 percent discount. Airlines operating from October 28 to March 26 will receive a 50 percent discount. 

MACL said that it believed the discounts would increase the frequency and encourage airlines to operate to the country which will in turn benefit the tourism industry of the country. 

Guidelines published for airlines to follow 

The Maldives Civil Aviation Authority today announced guidelines for airlines operating to the country to follow when the borders reopen in July. The circular by the authority reads that an online health declaration form must be filled out travelers that arrive to the nation  24-hours before their arrival. 

Travelers must also wear masks which is subject to exceptions. Health circumstances, children below the age of six, and in-flight dining, as well as specific instructions by flight crews permitting the removal of the mask,  are exceptions to the mask rule. 

The circular also read that travelers are to inform the immigration authorities if any symptoms of COVID-19 are identified. If the [passenger is an outbound traveler, any health requirements issued by the country of travel must also be completed. Symptomatic individuals must also inform the HPA before they depart from the country