The Maldives Airports Company Limited (MACL) has confirmed that Virgin Atlantic Airways, Cyprus Airways, and BeOnd Airlines will start operations in the Maldives this winter.
BeOnd Airlines, touted as the world’s inaugural premium leisure airline, will be the first to initiate its flights. The airline, a joint venture between the Maldivian SIMDI Company Private Limited and the UAE’s Arabesque investment firm, is scheduled to begin its operations on 9 November with its maiden flight to Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.
Following closely, Virgin Atlantic Airlines is poised to commence services from London Heathrow Airport to Velana International Airport (VIA) on 30 October. It has plans to run thrice-weekly flights to the Maldivian destination. Additionally, Cyprus Airways is set to launch on 26 November, connecting the island nation with Cyprus.
While these new additions mark an exciting period for Maldivian aviation, other carriers traditionally serving the Maldives during the winter months are expected to maintain their schedules. The MACL has projected that 41 airlines will be flying to the Maldives this winter season with the introduction of the trio of new carriers.