There are plans to commence direct flights between Maldives’ capital Malé and India’s capital Delhi and financial capital Mumbai, Business Traveller understands.

Discussion concerning direct flights between the nations was initiated after India’s homegrown hospitality groups Oberoi and Leela made the request. Both companies are expanding their portfolio by investing in the island country with luxury resorts.

Maldives’ tourism minister Moosa Zameer stated on Saturday that during his visit to India, there were negotiations with Indigo and Indian national carrier Air India for additional direct flights between the nations. This is with hope to increase traffic to Maldives.

Currently SpiceJet has daily non-stop flights between Malé and South Indian city, Kochi; Air India flies non-stop daily between Malé and Bengaluru; Maldives’ national carrier Maldivian has non-stop flights on Sunday, Wednesday and Friday between Malé and Chennai, and non-stop daily service on the Malé-Trivandrum route.

Neha Gupta