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Maldives becomes most preferred holiday destinations amid COVID, reveals Mumbai airport

Airport officials also mentioned that 46,008 of arrival and 65,275 of departure passengers from India point towards continued interest for Maldives as the preferred international destination.

Maldives becomes most preferred holiday destinations amid COVID, reveals Mumbai airport
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According to survey, it has come to light that travellers across India, especially Mumbai, seem to have showcased their preference for Maldives as a prominent international destination for holiday amid the pandemic.

As per the data by Mumbai’s Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport (CSMIA), it has recorded a significant uptick in passenger traffic throughout this period.

With the reopening of the Maldivian borders in July this year, CSMIA stated that this route has emerged as one of the top international destinations for Indians. The Mumbai-Male route witnessed a rise in passenger traffic to 31,051 via CSMIA in the past 60 days, since the reopening of the route.

A CSMIA official said that with minimal travel restrictions in Maldives for tourists and travellers, the flight operations have observed a remarkable boost in the past two months since July 15.

Moreover, this route has witnessed a total of 1,11,283 passengers till date, travelling via CSMIA since the flight operations commenced last year in October after it was shut for a few months in the wake of coronavirus outbreak.

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Reports stated that a total of 31,051 passengers travelling to and from Male from July till date. Whereas August alone witnessed passenger traffic of around 24,780, the highest since the beginning of the commencement of the air bubble agreement with Maldives in October 2020.

Mumbai airport operates four carriers on this route: Air India, IndiGo, GoFirst and SpiceJet that offered direct flights to and from Male.

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, as per data given by airport authorities.

Airport officials also mentioned that 46,008 of arrival and 65,275 of departure passengers from India point towards continued interest for Maldives as the preferred international destination.

Meanwhile, August had witnessed an overall surge in the number of passengers travelling through CSMIA. Over 1.5 million passengers have flown in and out of CSMIA in the month of August, in comparison to 400,000 passengers who travelled in August 2020. In addition, the airport flew to 184,787 international locations and 785,479 passengers arrived at CSMIA in August.

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