11 airlines have already been booked ahead of Maldives reopening borders: Minister Waheed

Tourism Minister Ali Waheed has stated that 11 airlines who wish to operate to the Maldives have already booked their slots, ahead of the Maldives reopening it's borders.

Earlier in the week, President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih announced that the Maldivian borders will be reopening on 15 July and the tourist resorts will be allowed to reopen as well.

Speaking at the NEOC press conference tonight, Minister Ali Waheed said that most airlines that traveled to the Maldives before the lock down are in discussion to arrange schedule flights and begin flight operations in July.

Minister Waheed said that the remaining airlines have assured that they would be starting operations in August. He said that three flight slots have been set for 15 July as well with the first flight arriving in the morning.

The Tourism Minister said that the airport is ready to open for tourism and the Maldives Airports Company Limited (MACL) has guaranteed that a flight can be landed and cleared every 20 minutes.