Civil Aviation Authority assures all domestic airlines meet international standards

The Maldives Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has responded to claims that Maldivian based airlines are among the world’s most unsafe.

The authority stated that allegations regarding the safety and maintenance of airlines based in the Maldives are baseless and untrue and that Maldivian civil aviation standards are in line with the best practice set up by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO).

The statement comes in response to the world’s only airline ratings website,, stating that three airlines operating in the Maldives – Maldivian, Trans Maldivian Airways, and Maldivian Air Taxi – failed to reach adequate safety standards.

According to the website, its editorial team had examined the “operational history, incident records and operational excellence” of 449 airlines.

The Maldivian aviation authority has also noted that a technical team from the organisation visited Maldives for its yearly audit of safety features of domestic airlines, finding that domestic airlines operating in Maldives were in line with international standards.

“In this respect, this authority regularly audits all airlines to ensure their safety standards are within ICAO standards and recommended practices”, the statement continued.


Maldivian will begin flights to China in June

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.