National flag carrier, Maldivian has been awarded as the leading tourist transport provider at the South Asian Travel Awards (SATA) 2020.
South Asian Travel Awards (SATA) has been recognizing the best of South Asia’s hospitality and travel industry since 2016. The prestigious annual event honors stellar organizations and individuals in a wide array of categories.
Held virtually this year, due to the ongoing pandemic, the award was accepted on behalf of the airline by the Deputy Managing Director, Aishath Jennifer. In her message, Jennifer highlighted that 2020 has been a a difficult and challenging year for the tourism and aviation industry.
Maldivian resumed its operation in the Maldives prior the border reopening. Currently, the airline operates to 15 areas including Bangladesh, India and Thailand.
Earlier this year, the travel restrictions imposed by the Maldives and other countries to curb the spread of COVID-19 resulted in all local airlines, including Maldivian, Manta Air, and Villa Air Flyme, to suspend all of its operations and ground its fleet. However, Maldivian continued to operate repatriation flights for Maldivians stranded abroad due to the pandemic.