Maldives has been enjoying heavy tourists visit especially during summer. The opening of Gan Airport will further boost tourism in the country. Maldives' new international airport is located in the southern part of island. At present, it holds flight on board Airbus 320 from Colombo four times a week.
Gan Airport is adjacent to the town of Addu, and will serve as gateway to the southern part of the region. The first commercial flight took place last month flying from Colombo. Gan is an upgraded airport of a former UK Royal Force refilling base. In 1976, it became a domestic airport.
As of today, the airport only caters a flight from Colombo via Sri Lankan Airline Airbus 320 with 150-seat capacity. The flight from Sri Lankan capital only takes 110 minutes. It flies during Tuesday, Thursday, Fridays and Saturdays.
Sri Lankan Airlines, through its General Manager for Marketing, Saminda Perera, said that because their airline treats Maldives as an extension of their marketing strategy, the company will make sure that Gan will receive worldwide recognition. Resort owners have responded favourably to the opening of the airport near them.
Outrigger Konotta Maldives Resort has its own on-demand 30-minute plane services from Gan to their luxuries hideaway. Using Trans Maldivian Airline, the resort is expecting more numbers of guests due to the convenience of travel they offer. The General Manager of the resort was quoted saying, "Whether vacationers travel here to enjoy our spacious over-water villas, varied water sport activities or Navasana Spa - we know that the journey here is part of the holiday experience, so we warmly welcome the new option".
Other resorts in the southern atolls of Gnaviyani, Gaafu Dhaalu, Gaafu Alifu and Seenu are also hoping for boosts of tourism in their areas. Hoteliers are positive that big airlines from the Middle East will introduce flights to Gan.
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