A colorful celebration was held at Velana International airport to commemorate Qatar Airways' 20th anniversary of flying to the Maldives.
Qatar Airways began flight services to the Maldives first in 2001.
To mark the anniversary, Maldives Airports Company Limited, in collaboration with Qatar Airways Maldives, welcomed today’s first Qatar Airways flight to Velana international airport with a water salute and traditional Boduberu.
Dr. Abdulla Mausoon, Minister of Tourism, and Mr. Ibrahim Thoha, acting in charge of MACL was present at the welcoming event. A ceremonial cake was cut to celebrate the occasion.
“Congratulations and Best Wishes to Qatar Airways on their 20th Anniversary of flying to the Maldives. From the commencement of its flights to the Maldives, Qatar Airways has played a very important role in bridging the world to the Maldives. We convey special appreciation to Qatar Airways for being the first airline to resume flights upon the Maldives reopening its borders on 15th July 2020. We hope that Qatar Airways will continue its ever-engaging contributions and be a strong partner in Maldives tourism development and promotion". said Dr. Abdulla Mausoon, Minister Of Tourism
Qatar Airways was the first airline to resume scheduled flights to the Maldives as soon as the border was reopened in July 2020 continuing through the harsh conditions of the COVID19 pandemic.
Referring to the impact that Qatar Airways has created on the tourism industry, the Acting In charge of Maldives Airports Company Ltd Mr. Ibrahim Thoha said
“With its steady performance, Qatar Airways become a major partner with an increasing number of flights and passengers. We have seen the dedication and the drive of Qatar Airways in the most vulnerable times of the COVID19 Pandemic. Qatar Airways was the very first Airline to start its service after our border reopened and I want to thank the airline for the huge impact it created on our Tourism. On behalf of MACL, I want to congratulate the management & staff of Qatar Airways on their 20th Anniversary of flying to the Maldives and I’m confident that the airline will continue to add value to our airport”.
Qatar Airways resumed scheduled flights with 21 flights per week following the reopening of the border.
With the steady and strong demand for the Maldives, Qatar Airways now operates 28 flights per week carrying over 1,000 passengers per day and over 36,000 per month.