CSMIA is witnessing a remarkable boost in passenger traffic on the Mumbai-Maldives route. As one of the top international destinations for Indians, the Mumbai-Male route witnessed a total of 31,051 passengers via CSMIA in the last 60 days since reopening of the route.
Weary from the pandemic, a lot of travellers are seeking sun, sand and sea which explains the popularity of this route. Maldives has featured as a prominent international destination for leisure travel throughout the pandemic. With the Air Bubble agreement signed between the two countries in October 2020 and the reopening of the Maldivian borders in July 2021 post closure, Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport, consistently recorded a significant uptick in passenger traffic throughout this period.
On this route, the airport catered to a total of four domestic carriers including Air India, IndiGo, GoFirst and SpiceJet offering direct flights to and from Male. Out of which IndiGo catered to the highest passenger traffic from the airport, handling a total of 12,995 passengers, with 9,213 handled by SpiceJet as a close second. Meanwhile, the route since the commencement of flight operations in October 2020 has witnessed a total of 1,11,283 passengers till date travelling via CSMIA. With 46,008 of arrival and 65,275 of departure passengers, the figures point towards continued interest of the Indian travellers for Maldives as the preferred international destination.
In terms of the travel norms to be followed while travelling to and from Maldives, travellers must present a certificate of a negative RT-PCR test carried out within 72 hours prior to departure which is applicable to both vaccinated and unvaccinated passengers.