Private jets fill Maldives’ airports as New Year’s approaches

Private jets parked at Velana International Airport. (File Photo/MACL)

Lines of private jets are seen at Maldives’ main airport, the Velana International Airport, as Maldives sees an increase in tourist arrivals as the New Year holiday approaches.

There are reportedly around 30 jets at the VIA on Wednesday, with more expected to arrive in the coming days.

Some of the jets are parked in neat rows at the airport’s apron, visible from the Hulhumale’ Highway.

The Maafaru International Airport in the north, and the Gan International Airport in the south, also see increased jet movements during the holidays.

Private jets parked at Gan International Airport, Addu City. (Photo/Gan International Airport)

Maldives, which was recently crowned the World’s Leading Destination for the fourth year running at the 2023 World Travel Awards, expects to record 1.9 million tourist arrivals this year.

The country passed the 1.8-million-mark, a week back.