Arrivals to Maldives highest on Saturday since border reopening

Private jets parked on the tarmac of Velana International Airport. The airport broke the record for air traffic movements on January 5, 2019 with 811 recorded movements. (Photo/MACL)

Velana International Airport, the main hub of the Maldives, experienced an extremely busy Saturday in terms of operations, according to the Maldives Airports Company Limited (MACL). 

MACL said that Saturday was the day with the highest number of international arrivals since the Maldives reopened on July 15. 

According to MACL, Velana International Airport received 3,100 tourists last Saturday with a total of 352 air traffic movements recorded. 

Two more airlines also commenced travel to the Maldives, bringing the grand total of operational international airlines to 20.

Tourism Minister Dr. Abdulla Mausoom also hailed the figures of the day when he tweeted thanking everyone that helped to bring tourist arrival figures per day from zero to 3,000. 

The Ministry has also estimated that the revised tourist arrival target of 500,000 in 2020 will be achieved later this month. When the borders reopened in July, Maldives had recorded just 100 tourists on average per day. However, the figure is now calculated at 1,500.