Budget carrier originating from United Arab Emirates (UAE), Wizz Air, launches its direct flight operations to the Maldives.
The maiden flight of the airline made landing at Velana International Airport (VIA) on Tuesday late afternoon, at 4:50 p.m.
An entourage of Wizz Air's senior executives arrived to the island nation from the flight. The group along with passengers received a warm welcome at the airport venue.
Minister of Tourism Dr. Abdulla Mausoom, Managing Director of Maldives Airports Company Limited (MACL) Mahujoob Shujau along with the company's seniors welcomed the arrivals.
The minister welcomed the newest addition to international carriers operating to the Maldives. He further identified the airline's operations will attract budget conscience travelers.
"With the extensive global connections UAE provides, the new route from Abu Dhabi will strengthen connectivity between the Maldives and the rest of the world," the minister said.
He further said, "And this enhanced connectivity between UAE Maldives, I welcome Emiratis and residents to travel to the Maldives and experience the Maldivian hospitality. More people can take advantage of this convenient link thanks to the direct flights between Abu Dhabi and the Maldives."
Wizz Air will operate in the route four time per week on every Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday. The airline expects to increase flight frequency to six times per week in November and daily from December 2022.
Michael Berlouis, the Managing Director of Wizz Air Abu Dhabi speaking about the airline's newest route, had commented, "Offering the ideal escape for relaxation, self-discovery and picture-perfect moments, it's no surprise that the Maldives is an ever-popular destination."
"In line with our commitment to offer our customers world-class low-cost travel experiences, we are excited to now be flying to this tropical paradise, unlocking new travel options for those not only within the UAE, but also for self-connecting passengers," he added.