Towards mid-year of 2020, half of the seaplane Twin Otter fleet belonging to the world's largest seaplane operator Trans Maldivian Airways were parked at the eastern apron in Velana International Airport as operations came to a near halt.
A year on since borders reopened to the Maldives, tourist arrival has hit a major high in July with a major spike in arrivals.
July ended with 101,818 tourist arrivals making it a whopping 81% increase in comparison to June.
In an interview with Hurihaa News, Trans Maldivian Airways CEO A U M Fawzy has said the airline has regained up to 85% pre covid capacity.
At present TMA is operating to over 80 resorts daily carrying upwards of 3,000 passengers on a single day.
As tourist arrivals for this year have already surpassed the total tourist arrivals for the entire year of 2020, Maldives Minister of Tourism Dr. Abdulla Mausoom said the country expects 1.3 million tourist arrivals by the end of December.