Starting from 26th October 2020, the flag carrier for the Russian Federation, Aeroflot Airlines, is set to increase the number of flights operating to the Maldives, from 2 to 4 times a week.
The additional frequency of flights was previously expected, once the demand for flights increased after the airlines resumed flights to the Maldives with 2 weekly flights on 11 September. Since, there has been a high number of arrivals from Russia, as the country remains as one of the largest tourist destinations in the Maldives.
According to MACL current flights are operating to Male, Maldives, on Friday and Sunday, and additional flights will be operated on Monday and Saturdays.
Previously, a directive was signed by the Russian Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin to recommence air service to Egypt, United Arab Emirates (UAE), and the Maldives on mutual grounds on September 2020.
Due to the pandemic, the Maldives was forced into nationwide lockdown for months, but have since prepared the necessary health and safety requirements needed to resume tourism in the country. On 15 July 2020, borders were reopened to welcome back travelers to registered travel destinations with preparations taken, to ensure the well being of their guests and locals.
Russia continues to steadily increase air travel since its borders closed on 28 March. On 1 August, flights resumed to Great Britain, Tanzania, and Turkey, as well as air service between Switzerland and Russia being restored on 15 August.