Maldivian, the national flag carrier, has announced the recommencement of its services to Bandaranaike International Airport in Colombo, Sri Lanka, effective from 25 April. The airline suspended its operations between Colombo and Malé in 2021 in response to the unstable political climate in Sri Lanka.

The revival of the Colombo-Malé route is a strategic initiative to establish robust connections between the Maldives and key international destinations, the carrier said. This move is anticipated to augment travel alternatives for passengers and stimulate cultural and economic interchange between the two nations, according to the airline.

Ibrahim Iyas, the Managing Director of Maldivian, expressed his enthusiasm about launching the new destination, stating, “We have long waited to serve Colombo and bring both Maldives and Sri Lanka closer on business and leisure. This marks an expansion of our international network and our commitment to connect Maldives to the world. We would like to thank all the authorities and partners involved for supporting and making this new route possible.”

The resumption of operations on the route is a noteworthy milestone for both Maldivian and travellers seeking seamless connectivity between the Maldives and Sri Lanka, it said. With its rich historical heritage, diverse culture, and burgeoning business opportunities, Colombo is a remarkable addition to Maldivian’s continually expanding network of destinations.

Ticket bookings for the Colombo route were initiated on 29 February. Maldivian has planned to operate two weekly flights to Colombo, scheduled for every Thursday and Saturday. This schedule is aimed to cater for the needs of both leisure and business travellers, offering options for weekend getaways, the carrier added.