State of Emergency

Maldivian to stop all flights to China; Island Aviation says 'this is usual' at this time of the year

  • Online magazine ‘LX Traveller’ reports that all Maldivian flights are to cancelled
  • It cited an Island Aviation official, who said the cancellation is due to lack of passengers following state of emergency declaration
  • China has issued a travel warning to Maldives, telling its residents to refrain from going there

Aishath Shaany

K. Male' 2018 Mar 08 | Thu 19:26 5,909 business

Maldivian Arline flight - Maldivian

National airline, Maldivian is to cancel scheduled flights to China “due to lack of passengers” following the declaration of a state of emergency in the island nation.’

Citing a source inside Island Aviation Services, which operates the airline, online magazine ‘LX Traveller’ said that passengers from China “has decreased drastically” due to the travel warnings from its government. The source also told the magazine that Island Aviation can “no longer afford to continue flights there with such low passenger count”.

“The decision to cancel the scheduled flights was made and notified to all relevant staff via a memo today,” reported LX Traveller.

However, Island Aviation denied this, with its Head of Administration Nashaath Ali telling RaajjeMV that “not all flights have been cancelled”.

Noting that there are flights scheduled for Thursday as well, Nashaath said that the flights to China decrease around this time every year.

A state of emergency was declared in the Maldives on 5th February, and a number of countries, including China, have issued multiple travel advisories and warnings.

A warning issued by the Chinese government had even called on its residents “to refrain from travelling to the Maldives”.

Last updated at: 3 weeks ago | Reviewed by: Aishath Shaany

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