Maldives Transport and Contracting Company (MTCC) has extended the familiarisation trips conducted by the Raajje Transport Link (RTL) high-speed ferry service in Lhaviyani Atoll.
Lhaviyani Atoll is the first atoll to launch the second phase of the RTL ferry service. The familiarisation tour started on November 22. The fares were originally scheduled to start on November 28. However, the Ministry of National Planning, Housing and Infrastructure stated that the deadline has been extended indefinitely.
Two ferries are being used to establish three routes between six islands in Lhaviyani Atoll. As such, the ferries will travel on routes connecting Olhuvelifushi, Kurendhoo, Felivaru, Madivaru, Naifaru, and Hinnavaru. MTCC is allowing passengers to use the ferries for free for one week in order to familiarise the public with the service. Tickets will be available for purchase at the RTL website and mobile application from November 24. The price of a ticket for the Lhaviyani routes ranges between MVR 30 – MVR 120.
The RTL high-speed ferry service has been established in Zone 1 of the National Public Ferry Network, which consists of 30 inhabited islands in Haa Alifu Atoll, Haa Dhaalu Atoll, and Shaviyani Atoll. The National Public Ferry Network is a large-scale project that introduces efficient, affordable, and convenient passenger and cargo ferry services to all administrative islands of the country.