Witnessing a steady increase in passenger traffic from Mumbai to the Maldives, Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport (CSMIA) is expanding its existing reach to Male, by adding a new flight operated by Vistara, the airport authority recently announced.
A company statement said that Vistara on Wednesday operated its inaugural flight on the Mumbai-Male route. The inaugural flight departed from the Mumbai airport at 10.10 AM.
"The airline will fly three times a week on the route under India's transport bubble agreement with the Republic of Maldives," the statement noted.
Scheduled international passenger flights continue to remain suspended in India since March 23 last year due to the coronavirus pandemic. However, special international flights have been operating since August last year under air bubble arrangements formed with more than 24 countries. Since the commencement of the air bubble arrangement with the Maldives, CSMIA has seen a rise in passenger traffic catering to over 56,000 passengers across an approximate total of 410 flights to and from CSMIA to date. The ease in travel restrictions has made the Maldives a preferred destination amongst leisure travellers.