MEGA Maldives is resuming thrice-weekly flights to Chengdu, Chongqing and Hangzhou this summer season after having suspended these services last year.
CEO George Weimann said since the airline wanted to consolidate operations to Beijing, Shanghai and Hong Kong, it had stopped seasonal flights to the three second-tier cities last year.
“With the markets developing, we plan to return to (China) on a seasonal and all-year basis. We’ll be flying three times a week across the year (for some routes) and in others, three times a week during the season,” he told TTG Asia e-Daily.
Mega Maldives has a 35-40 per cent market share of inbound traffic from China, the Maldives’ biggest source market.
The three-year old airline, which presently only flies to Greater China and Palau island in the Pacific Ocean, is also opening routes to Jeddah and Jakarta in the next few months.
“The timing will depends on the arrival of new aircraft,” Weimann said. The carrier plans to increase its fleet to between six and eight aircraft by the end of 2014 by leasing Boeing aircraft.