Virgin Atlantic inaugurates direct flights to Maldives 

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Image courtesy of MACL

Virgin Atlantic inaugurated flight operations to the Maldives today (23 October), connecting London to Malé.

The maiden flight touched down at the Velana International Airport this morning at 07:40 am local time. The arrival of the Virgin Atlantic aircraft was welcomed by a warm traditional Maldivian Bodeberu along with cultural dance performances.

The inaugural event was attended by Caron Rohsler, the British High Commissioner to the Maldives, and senior members of MACL along with senior members of the local agent, Voyages Maldives.

“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 continue to expand our growing collection of winter sun destinations,” said Juha Jarvinen, Chief Commercial Officer at Virgin Atlantic.

“We are proud to be able to offer more opportunities for our customers to experience the Maldives and 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.”

The new service will operate three times a week, on the airline’s Boeing 787 Dreamliner boasting 31 Upper Class, 35 Premium, and 192 Economy Delight, Classic, and Light seats. For those customers looking to treat themselves, Virgin Atlantic’s Upper Class offers fully flat beds and an onboard bar to enjoy dinner and an opportunity to network with travel companions. 

Premium customers can relax in their luxurious leather armchair with its 38” seat pitch and enjoy priority boarding and welcome drinks. No matter what cabin customers choose to fly, everyone can enjoy complimentary food and beverages, over 300 hours of entertainment, and a warm welcome from Virgin Atlantic’s iconic cabin crew.  

“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 the enhancement of air travel connections between the United Kingdom and the Maldives.

“We look forward to a prosperous partnership with Virgin Atlantic as we continue to elevate the travel experience for our passengers,” said Mahjoob Shujau, CEO & Managing Director of Maldives Airports Company Limited.

Courtesy of MACL

Caron Rohsler, British High Commissioner to Maldives, said: “I am delighted that Virgin Atlantic has today started operating direct flights from London Heathrow to Maldives. Maldives is a top holiday destination for British tourists. Brits have consistently featured among top 3 nationalities visiting Maldives for many years. The UK Government has worked with the Government of Maldives for many years now on airport safety and aviation security. I look forward to continuing out partnerships in Maldives, especially as the airport expansion progresses.”

“Tourism is an important 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.”