Italian airline Blue Panorama has started chartered flights to the Maldives on 20th June 2019 with Poland’s Itaka and Maldivian travel agency Sun Ocean. The first flight along with the crew was welcomed at Velana International Airport with a welcoming event along with a press event with representatives from MMPRC, MACL, UHC Hotel and Blue Panorama.
The Managing Director of Sun Ocean said they estimate an average arrival of a thousand tourists per month via the weekly flights.
Speaking at the press event, the Managing Director of MMPRC, Mr. Thoyyib Mohamed acknowledged the efforts of private parties and the role they play in development of the tourism industry of Maldives.
“Initiatives like this play a vital role in the progress of the tourism industry of Maldives. These operations will most definitely help the marketing efforts of Maldives as a destination. We will always welcome and support private parties who work for the betterment of the industry.” Thoyyib Mohamed said.
He remarked further on the importance of a direct connection between Poland and the Maldives in terms of tourist arrivals. He added that the MMPRC is conducting several marketing activities for Europe this year. Poland has shown an increase in arrivals to Maldives past five years. Although the total number of arrivals from Poland remains low, at 12000 arrivals in 2018, it was a rapid growth of 38.2% when compared to the year 2017.
Blue Panorama Airlines S.p.A. is an Italian airline headquartered in Fiumicino operating scheduled and charter flights from Europe to various international destinations.