Virgin Atlantic has commenced flights connecting London Heathrow to the Maldives.
The inaugural flight touched down at VIA on 23 October at 07:40 am local time, and was welcomed by a traditional Maldivian Bodeberu & cultural dance performances.
Virgin Atlantic will be operating direct flights between Male and London three times a week with the Boeing 787 Dreamliner which consists of 31 upper class, 35 premium, and 192 economy delight, classic, and light seats.
Mr Mahjoob Shujau, CEO & Managing Director of MACL, said, “As the operator of Velana International Airport, we are excited to welcome the prestigious and customer-centric airline, Virgin Atlantic.
“This inaugural flight marks a significant milestone in enhancing air travel connections between the United Kingdom and the Maldives.
“We look forward to a prosperous partnership with Virgin Atlantic as we continue elevating our passengers’ travel experience.”
Juha Jarvinen, Chief Commercial Officer at Virgin Atlantic, commented: “We couldn’t be more thrilled to launch our flights between the United Kingdom and the Maldives with our new thrice-weekly service as we expand our growing collection of winter sun destinations.
“We are proud to be able to offer more opportunities for our customers to experience the Maldives. We are looking forward to welcoming them to this breathtaking and one-of-a-kind destination.
“The collaboration between MACL and Virgin Atlantic reflects the shared commitment to delivering exceptional travel experiences and fostering stronger air connectivity between the United Kingdom and the Maldives.”
Caron Rohsler, British High Commissioner to Maldives, added: “I am delighted Virgin Atlantic has started operating direct flights from London Heathrow to Maldives today.
“Maldives is a top holiday destination for British tourists. Brits have consistently featured among the top 3 nationalities visiting Maldives for many years.
“The UK Government has worked with the Government of Maldives for many years on airport safety and aviation security.
“I look forward to continuing our partnerships in Maldives, especially as the airport expansion progresses.
“Tourism is an essential pillar of the Maldivian economy, and I hope this milestone today will contribute to continued growth in convenient and comfortable travel between our countries.
“Visitors are encouraged to read the FCDO’s travel advice and to buy travel insurance to enjoy the best possible holiday experience.”
The British High Commissioner attended the Virgin Atlantic Inaugural event in the Maldives and senior members of MACL along with senior members of the local agent, Voyages Maldives.
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