SriLankan Airlines receives ‘50 Years of Tourism Award’ from MATI


SriLankan Airlines was recently lauded with the prestigious ‘50 years of Tourism Award by MATI’ in recognition of its remarkable service for over half a century, at an event celebrating the Golden Jubilee of Tourism in Maldives.

 SriLankan was the first international commercial airline to launch operations to the Maldives under its predecessor, Air Ceylon, in 1960 and has continued to break new ground since then and become the only international airline to fly passengers to multiple airports in the Maldives.

The Maldives Association of Tourism Industry (MATI) has spearheaded the advancement of tourism in Maldives and aimed to honour organizations and individuals that have contributed exceptionally to this purpose along the way at their Golden Jubilee celebration. Recipients of awards were selected by a committee of industry experts and veterans. Fawzan Fareid, Country Manager Maldives of SriLankan Airlines accepted the award on behalf of the Chief Executive Officer of the airline.  SriLankan Airlines has notched other firsts in the country. The airline made history in Maldives tourism in 2016, by becoming the first and only international airline to launch commercial passenger flights to Gan island in Addu Atoll. Further, the airline recently partnered with domestic carrier Manta Air to provide easy access to several high-end resorts beyond Gan,  giving travellers the opportunity to explore remote terrain inSouthern Maldives.

SriLankan Airlines is currently the only airlinetofly to both Central and Southern Maldives.

At present, SriLankan operates 21 flights a week to MaléVelana International Airport in Central Maldives – the main airport of the country, and twice weekly to Gan International Airport. SriLankan also changes the frequency of flights according to seasonal demand and often introduces additional and direct flights to Maldives during Winter to provide European customers greater convenience and choice.