Air Vistara to begin scheduled flights to Maldives

An Air Vistara flight lands at the Velana International Airport. (Photo/VIA)

Indian airline Air Vistara is scheduled to begin direct flights between Male’ and Mumbai in March.

According to Indian newspapers, Air Vistara will be operating three weekly flights between Male’ and Mumbai under the air travel bubble agreement between Maldives and India starting March.

The flights will be held on Sundays, Wednesdays and Saturdays. The fare for a two-way trip is between USD 244 to USD 648.

Vistara is a joint venture of Tata Sons Private Limited and Singapore Airlines Limited (SIA).

The airline will be using its A320neo aircraft its Male-Mumbai flights.

Air Vistara, which currently operates only charter flights to Maldives, has opened bookings for its Male-Mumbai scheduled flights.

Four Indian airlines operate direct flights between Maldives and Indian cities; GoAir, SpiceJet, IndiGo, and Air India.

India is a key source market for tourist arrivals to Maldives. The country was the top source market for tourist arrivals in 2020, and the second top source market tourist arrivals this year.

62,960 Indian tourists visited Maldives last year, and over 26,000 have visited Maldives so far this year.