Air France to begin operations to Maldives in Nov

An aircraft of Air France. PHOTO/AFP

An aircraft of Air France. PHOTO/AFP

Air France, the national carrier of France, has announced operations of direct flights to the Maldives’ capital Male in November.

In a press release on Monday, the airline stated that it will operate two weekly flights from Paris-Charles de Gaulle Airport to Velana International Airport every Wednesday and Saturday from November 1.

“The arrival of Air France in Malé strengthens the company’s presence on top-of-the-range leisure destinations, a growing market where Air France, with the quality of products and services it offers its customers, is a leader,” said Air France’ CEO Franck Terner.

The flights to the Maldives will be operated by Boeing 777-200. The aircraft boasts a capacity of 312 passengers, with 28 seats in Business class, 24 in Premium Economy and 260 in Economy.

Currently there are no direct flights between the Maldives and France. Visitors from France are carried by airlines such as Qatar, Etihad and Sri Lankan which transit at a number of countries en route to the archipelago.

Over 30 foreign airlines operate to the Maldives, with additional charter flights and domestic flights flying to Velana International Airport during the peak tourist season.

Maldives Airports Company Ltd (MACL) had also announced earlier that three new airlines, hailing from Europe, India and China, will begin flights to the Maldives this year.

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