Qatar Airways on Sunday has celebrated its 20th anniversary of flying to the Maldives.
Moreover, the international carrier had a special celebratory event on Sunday, 19 December at the Velana International Airport (VIA) to commemorate the achievement. The airline first commenced its flights to the Maldives in 2001.
The celebrations took place at the VIA tarmac upon arrival of the airline’s first flight for the day.
The flight received a water salute which was followed by a traditional Maldivian drum-fare (Boduberu) dance held by Maldives Airports Company Limited (MACL) in collaboration with Qatar Airways.
Furthermore, the Minister of Tourism Dr. Abdulla Mausoom and the acting in-charge of MACL Mr. Ibrahim Thoha attended Sunday’s welcoming event.
Meanwhile, speaking about the achievement of the airline, Dr. Mausoom said “congratulations and best wishes to Qatar Airways on their 20th anniversary of flying to the Maldives.”
“From commencement of its flights to the Maldives, Qatar Airways has played a very important role in bridging the world to the Maldives,” Dr. Mausoom added.
Moreover, the Minister of Tourism acknowledged the airline for being the very first international carrier to resume its operations to the Maldives following the border reopening in 2020.
Furthermore, Mr. Thoha had also spoken about the airline’s achievement and said, “with its steady performance, Qatar Airways [has] 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,” Mr. Thoha further added.
Qatar Airways resumed its operations to Maldives in 2020 following the border reopening on 15 July, with 21 flights per week.
Meanwhile, owing to steady and strong demand for the Maldives the airline has increased its flights to 28 per week carrying more than 1,000 passengers daily and over 36,000 passengers monthly.