Following a 3-month duration of border closure, Maldives government reopened the international gateaways on 15 July, Wednesday bringing end to the stagnation of aviation.

On Wednesday, the premier gateway of Maldives; Velana International Airport (VIA) records two international flight movements.

Maldives Airports Company Limited media official, while speaking with The Press confirms Qatar Airways flight made the first landing in VIA following border reopening. A second flight, from Sri Lankan Airlines landed at the main international airport on Wednesday.

The first international carrier flew a total of 127 passengers while the second brought 99.

A special function was held at the venue of the international airport to welcome the tourists arriving from the flight.

Subsequently, domestic aviation observed movements on Wednesday as the most recent addition to domestic airlines; Manta Air recommenced their tourist flights.

Meanwhile, Maldives government have rescinded the decision of cancelling on-arrival visas without any country exemptions.