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Tourist arrival surpasses 300,000 for 2021 with Emirates as the top airline to the Maldives

Since the beginning of 2021, Maldives tourist arrivals surpassed 300,000 which is more than half of the total passenger arrival for the full year 2020. There was a growth of 83% just in March alone in comparison to 2020.


Emirates 777-300ER at VIA Photo: planespotter.maldives

Maldives saw a total of 555,494 tourist arrivals for the year 2020 while 1,702,887 tourists arrived in 2019.


The most tourist arrivals were from India with 69,730 tourist arrivals while Russia is close behind in second place with 63,523 tourist arrivals. India lead as the top tourist market in 2020 and India was only second to China in 2019.


The largest growth in passenger demand was from Uzbekistan with a growth of 557% in comparison to 2020 with 2,004 tourist arrivals.


Passengers Boarding TMA Twin Otter

Emirates continues to lead as the top airline to the Maldives with 59,689 passengers traveled in 644 flights while Qatar Airways continue to maintain second place. Behind Emirates and Qatar Airways are, Indigo, GoAir, Aeroflot, and Turkish Airlines.


Indigo and GoAir combined have brought 74,669 tourists from India. Both airlines operate 3-5 flights a day from various destinations in India.




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