Kuwait Airways, the national carrier of the Gulf state, has commenced direct flights to the Maldives.
The first flight was welcomed with a water salute at a ceremony held yesterday morning on (31 October) at Velana International Airport. The event was attended by Dr. Abdulla Mausoom, Minister of Tourism, Mr. Ibrahim Thoha, Deputy Managing Director of Maldives Airports Company Ltd, and Mr. Bashar Karem, the Regional Manager of Kuwait Airways.
The twice-weekly direct flight from Kuwait to Malé will be operated using A320 aircraft with a seating capacity of 134 passengers.
The Middle East is a growing market for tourist arrivals to the Maldives. In 2021, the Maldives welcomed 91,413 holidaymakers from the Middle Eastern with Saudi Arabia ranked as the seventh-largest source market for tourists.
The Maldives was among the top destinations for Middle Eastern tourists during the Eid holidays in May.