Maldivian airlines will begin flights to China beginning June 23, reports local media.
Managing Director of Island Aviation Services Abdul Haarish signed the agreement on behalf of Maldivian with the President of the Chinese travel company Chengdu Universal International Travel Service (CUITS).
Maldivian’s first flight destination in China will be Chongqing City, Haarish told local media.
“Maldivian cannot neglect prominent tourism markets, such as China,” Haarish said.
Marketing studies conducted prior to signing the agreement with CUITS predicted “reasonable financial gain from the venture”, according to Haarish.
Under the agreement, Maldivian will act as the operating carrier, while CUITS will handle all marketing responsibilities.
Maldivian will conduct two flights to China weekly, on aircraft providing 14 business class seats, 18 premier seats, and 120 economy class seats, explained Haarish.
CUITS’s President told local media he believes the new venture with Maldivian has a “bright future” and if “all goes well” CUITS will work toward broadening the business.