Aeroflot returns to the sunny side of life with its first scheduled fight that arrived at Velana International Airport on 11th September 2020. This marks the first Russian flight to Maldives since they ceased international air travel on March 28 in response to COVID-19 pandemic.
The flag carrier of the Russian Federation, Aeroflot is resuming flights to Maldives with 2 weekly flights.
Flights to Malé will operate as per the following schedule:
– Flight SU0322 Sheremetyevo —Malé on Thursdays and Sundays
– Return flight SU0323 Malé — Sheremetyevo on Fridays and Sundays
The frequency of flights is subject to change as Aeroflot’s international flight schedule is restored, the airline reported.
The Russian Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin signed a directive to resume international air service to Egypt, the United Arab Emirates, and the Maldives on a mutual basis, the government’s press service reported earlier this month.
Russia closed borders and suspended international air travel on March 28 in response to COVID-19 pandemic. From 1st August, the country resumed flights to Great Britain, Tanzania, and Turkey. Air service was restored between Russia and Switzerland from 15th August.
Russia is the 4th most important market to Maldives based on figures from January 2020. In 2019, the Russian market showed a 17.5% growth in arrivals to Maldives.
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