Maldivian, the national carrier of Republic of Maldives, owned and operated by Island Aviation Services Limited (IAS) will commence direct flights from New Delhi to Maafaru and Malé on October 21, 2021, and will be operating A321 & A320 on this route offering both business and economy class configuration. Currently, the flag carrier of Maldives operates to Trivandrum, Cochin and to Dhaka, Bangladesh.
Bird Travels, the airline management arm of Bird Group is the General Sales Agent (GSA) for Maldivian and will be managing their sales and marketing activities in New Delhi.
Flights on the new route, New Delhi to Maafaru, will operate on Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays. Maafaru International Airport located in Noonu atoll which was opened in 2019 and is also managed by Island Aviation Services Limited (IAS). With three direct weekly flights to Maafaru, another international hub of the largest source market, will connect North Maldives from India. Cocooned by some of the most sought-after luxury resorts in the destination, along with a large number of guest houses, the region is home to over 10,000 tourist beds spread across four atolls making this new route a highly lucrative leisure market.
Speaking on the new route, Vijay Bhatia, President, Bird Group said “We are delighted to launch this new service connecting New Delhi with Maafaru and Male’ effective 21st Oct 2021. This direct flight will offer the fastest connection for Indian travellers looking to holiday in North Maldives luxury resorts”.
Bird Travels will help Maldivian to further strengthen the airline’s sales team and provide support to the Indian travel trade.