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The Maldives, a remote tropical nation in the Indian Ocean is known for being one of the most luxurious destinations on earth. The country of 1,000 islands has everything a person could want in a tropical island- sandy white beaches, clear water, palm trees, warm sunny days, and of course, lots of great diving! The one downside to this tropical paradise is that there are no direct flights. Traveling to and from the Maldives requires a great deal of patience.
With recent efforts to expand the tourism market, Gan airport, adjacent to Addu Township in the south of the Maldives, is working on a solution to make traveling to and from the nation a lot easier for its guests. Back in December, SriLankan Airlines started flying from Colombo to the upgraded Gan airport, formerly a UK Royal Air Force refilling base until 1976 when it became a domestic airport.
SriLankan Airlines now departs Colombo for Gan four times a week- Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays- at 06:55 for the 110-minute journey. This flight saves travelers an estimated three hours on travel time to resorts in the south as it eliminates the need to connect with a scheduled commercial flight from Male to domestic airports in the south.
Hoteliers in the southern atolls now hope that airlines, especially those in the Middle East, will also introduce flights directly to Gan. Gan International Airport is currently served by domestic carriers Maldivian and Flyme, as well as SriLankan. Saminda Perera, marketing general manager for SriLankan Airlines explains, “Since we consider Maldives our extended home market, we will explore every avenue to make sure that Gan receives the attention and visibility that it deserves”.
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