MEGA Maldives Airlines has launched the only direct service linking the Maldives and South Korea.
Mega Maldives spokesperson Muzaffar Naeem said the flag carrier would operate Seoul-Male return flights once every five days, using a leased Boeing 767-300ER aircraft with 12 business-class, 42 premium economy-class and 196 economy-class seats.
The airline, which began operations in January this year, runs similar services to Hong Kong, Beijing and Shanghai.
Maldives saw a 54 per cent increase in South Korean arrivals last year to 24,000, compared to the year before. However, the number dipped 11.1 per cent to 11,525 in the first seven months of 2011, compared to the corresponding period last year.