Flyme has announced intentions to expand its operations to Maafaru Airport in Noonu Atoll. Home to a population of around 10,000, Noonu Atoll hosts a number of resorts such as Soneva Jani, Sun Siyam Irufushi, Velaa Private Island, Chevel Blanc Randheli and the recently opened Movenpick Resort Kuredhivaru Maldives.
“We plan on expanding our operations to Maafaru Airport in Noonu Atoll soon, and provide a reliable day/night and all-weather passenger transfer options to guests travelling to the region and to the locals,” says Abdulla Nashid, Managing Director of Villa Air, speaking to Hotelier Maldives.
With the announcement of the planned operations to Maafaru Airport, Flyme will be serving an atoll that did not previously have an airport. Previously, the airport closest was Ifuru Airport, located in neighbouring Raa Atoll.
Commenting further on recently recommencing flights to two other destinations, Nashid says, “Today we take pride in recommencing flights to Gan [Addu City] and Fuvahmulah from November 15, 2018. We have been trying to get the approval to revive these flights since May 28, 2017 – after bringing an aircraft to serve the passengers to these destinations. We believe in dedication, hard work and an unremitting devotion to the things we want to see happen to grow and expand our services to the general public and supporting the tourism industry.
“We believe in the price of success in doing what’s right, the right way, at the right time – it enables to ignore the minor hurts, the opponent’s pressure, and the temporary disappointments. We believe in sustainable development and progressive growth, realising predetermined goals. We do our best to become the best in what we do within our means for the greater benefit of the society and nation,” Nashid adds.
The airline already operates to domestic airports in Maamigili in Alifu Dhaalu Atoll offering 45 frequencies weekly and Dharavandhoo Island in Baa Atoll offering 38 frequencies weekly since 2011. In addition to these airports, the airline’s scheduled flights to Fuvahmulah and Addu City has brought the total number of airports it serves up to four. Addu is home to a number of hotels and resorts including Shangri-La’s Villingili Island Resort & Spa, Canareef Resort Maldives, and Equator Village in addition to a number of guesthouses.
Flyme previously operated flights to GAN and Fuvahmulah. The new schedule will have flights in the afternoon on weekdays. Flyme is resolute in its aim of providing daily flights to Addu city and Fuvahmulah. It says that this is part of its Corporate Social Responsibility initiative, to provide uninterrupted daily flights and access to these two atolls in the south. The demand for seats during the peak or holiday season has been a service much needed by the local community from these atolls
“We are providing daily flights to Gan and Fuvahmulah, irrespective of the load. The airline has previously operated flights to nine airports in the Maldives since 2013 and we intend to expand our routes progressively,” Nashid adds. For more information, visit www.flyme.mv.