After suspending international services due to the Covid-19 pandemic in 2020, Thai AirAsia resumed international flights last week with the Maldives as its first destination.

The inaugural flight from Bangkok Don Mueang landed at the Velana International Airport on 22 December. The budget airline will fly twice a week on Wednesdays and Sundays.

“The Don Mueang-Maldives sector has been registering a very healthy load factor average of over 85 percent and 70 percent for Phnom Penh, signifying strong pent up demand,” according to the airline.

“As the airline welcomes guests onboard again for their year end holidays, AirAsia assures the most stringent health and safety measures are in place.”

AirAsia only assigns fully vaccinated employees to operate flights and be on-duty at airport terminals. Flight procedures and processes have also been improved and revamped during the period of down-time over the past year and a half, the airline said.

Santisuk Klongchaiya, CEO of Thai AirAsia, said: “The Maldives is a high potential destination and the nation is fully open to tourists with its businesses ready to welcome visitors. Apart from enjoying quarantine-free visits, Thai travellers to the Maldives are also exempted from obtaining a visa.”

Maldivians are also allowed to enter Thailand without quarantine. Travellers need to register online for a Thailand Pass at least seven days prior to departure.

Inaugural flight from Bangkok