Alitalia is expanding its global network by launching its first ever scheduled direct flights between Italy and the Maldives on October 31. The new three-weekly Rome-Male service will operate for the whole winter season until March 24, 2018 and it aims to meet the increasing demand for flights between the two countries.
The new service is the fifth long-haul destination launched by Alitalia since last year – after Santiago de Chile, Mexico City, Beijing and Havana – and aims to strengthen Alitalia’s presence in key routes for tourism to and from the Indian Ocean.
The Rome-Male service will depart from Rome Fiumicino every Tuesday, Friday and Saturday at 9.45 pm and will land at 11.05 am (local time) on the following day. The return flight from the Maldives capital city will depart every Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday at 1.10 pm (local time) and will land in Rome Fiumicino at 7.30 pm. The route will be operated with 250-seat Airbus 330 aircraft, configured in three classes of service: business, premium economy and economy.
According to data provided by the Ministry of Tourism of the Republic of Maldives, more than 71,200 Italian tourists traveled to the Maldives in 2016. This represents a 8.5 percent growth compared to the previous year.