Dubai-based low-cost carrier flydubai announced the launch of new daily flights to Gan International Airport on 4 February 2023.
Economy class fares start from US$550.
The budget airline started operations in the Maldives in 2013 with flights to the Velana International Airport near Malé. The new daily service to the southernmost atoll will increase its frequency to 28 flights a week. flydubai would be the first carrier from the UAE to operate flights to Addu City.
“This new service will reduce the commute time whether by boat or seaplane for those staying in resorts in the southern Atolls,” said CEO Ghaith Al Ghaith.
“The Maldives continues to be one of the most popular leisure destinations for our customers from the UAE, GCC and CIS. The additional frequency to the market will further support connecting traffic from Europe as well.”
In 2021, the Maldives welcomed 91,413 holidaymakers from the Middle Eastern market with Saudi Arabia ranked as the seventh-largest source market for tourists. Growth from the relatively new market is on track to continue with more than 19,000 Middle Eastern tourists visiting during the first two months of the year.