An aircraft from China Eastern.

China Eastern begins flights to Maldives

China Eastern will use the A330, with a seating capacity of 232 passengers, for its weekly flights to the Maldives.

4 February 2023

By Aishath Fareeha Abdulla

China Eastern, China's third-largest airline, began operations between Shanghai and the Maldives' Velana International Airport (VIA) on Saturday.

This is the second Chinese airline to resume operations to the Maldives after flights between China and the Maldives were suspended due to the Covid-19 pandemic. China's Beijing Capital has been operating charter flights between the Maldives and Beijing.

China Eastern resumed flights to VIA and the first flight arrived in the Maldives this afternoon. VIA welcomed the flight with a water salute.

China Eastern will use A330 aircraft with a seating capacity of 232 passengers for its weekly flights to the Maldives.

In addition:

  • China Southern airline to resume flights to Maldives this month

  • Hong Kong Airlines has also expressed interest in resuming flights to maldives

China started flights to the Maldives on January 18. A total of 5,985 tourists have arrived in the country in the days since. China currently has the eighth highest number of tourist arrivals to the Maldives.