Maldives and South Korea have signed a new bilateral air services agreement.
Under the agreement, airlines will be able to serve bilateral routes and designated South Korean carriers may enjoy up to "six weekly fifth freedom intermediate traffic rights", says the ministry of land, transport and maritime affairs of South Korea.
So far, only one airline from each country can participate in the bilateral air transport market because of the single designation provision in the South Korea-Maldives air services agreement.
In addition, as fifth freedom services to and from Colombo, Sri Lanka, are made available, designated South Korean airlines can now establish a new international route.
Korean Air can now introduce three weekly services on the Incheon-Colombo-Male route starting 9 March.