National carrier Maldivian has announced that it would begin chartering direct flight between the Indian city of Mumbai to the Maafaru International Airpot in Noonu Atoll.

In a rare press conference, the Managing Director at Maldivian Mohamed Mihad said that this route is a lucrative market for the resorts and guest houses around the region.

He said that the airline has had discussions with the resorts and guest houses near the area and had also had talks with tour operators in India before making the decision to charter the direct flight between the two destinations.

Mihad also said that the first flight would be on the 13th of April and that the airline scheduled flights three times a week.

Speaking at the press conference, Deputy Managing Director at the company Aishath Jennifer said that the national airline played a significant role during the COVID-19 pandemic.

She said that the company's objective is to spread its wings further and to be able to assist the communities and the economy.

Last year, Maldivian had been at the forefront of the humanitarian work carried out by the government in the darkest moments of the pandemic by chartering flights to fly home stranded Maldivians abroad as well as carry out flights to deliver packages to locals stuck in other countries.