Three Maldives-based airlines have been given authorization to conduct international flights, the transport ministry said today.
A total of four local airlines are currently being operated, which are the national airline Maldivian, Villa Group’s Flyme, Manta Air, and Trans Maldivian Airways (TMA). Maldivian, Flyme, and Manta were given the green light to fly international flights.
Aishath Nahula, Minister of Transport and Civil Aviation, remarked on International Civil Aviation Day that the key aim for the year is to return to pre-pandemic levels, as well as expand and further develop the country’s aviation industry.
She added this will entail expanding the services provided by local airlines as well as carrying out initiatives to upgrade the airport, noting three local airlines have been granted permission to undertake international flights as part of the efforts.
According to the transport minister, this year’s renovations at Velana International Airport involved installing new apron components as well as upgrading the old apron, both of which are already in operation.
Furthermore, Nahula stated that work on granting helicopter operations license is under progress, with the second phase presently ongoing in partnership with the UK Civil Aviation Authority.