Maldivian launches new routes to India and Bangladesh with A320 aircraft

When Maldivian arrived in Mumbai, a cake was baked to celebrate. At the cutting-ceremony were Robert Norohna, Assistant General Manager MIAL; T.S. Rajakrishnan, Country Head, Maldivian; Mohamed Latheef, Board Member, Maldivian; Hussain Lirar, Deputy Minister of Tourism; MIAL’s Tariq Butt, VP Airport Marketing and Aero Business; Jude Fernandes, Senior Manager Airport Marketing and Aero Business; Mannik Nangia, Assistant General Manager Airport Marketing and Aero Business; Shafi Patel, Senior Manager Airport Marketing and Aero Business; and Balvir Bhatia, Deputy General Manager Terminal Operations.

Also at Malé’s Ibrahim Nasir International Airport were celebrations held for the new routes. In addition to a cake baked for the stopping service, passengers on Maldivian’s new route to Chennai and Dhaka were welcomed with flower rings to the island nation.

A cake was also baked in Malé to celebrate the new link to India’s largest city Mumbai. Passengers were treated to cake, coconut juice and traditional drum music.

  • Maldivian, the national carrier of the Maldives, expanded its network in the last week as it took delivery of its first A320 aircraft to complement its Q200s and Q300s. The airline, which dominates the domestic market in the island nation, began operating from its Malé (MLE) base to India’s largest city Mumbai (BOM) on 16 November. The new route is operated three times weekly. On 15 November, a new route was also launched to Chennai (MAA) in southern India from where the aircraft continues with full fifth freedom rights to the capital of Bangladesh, Dhaka (DAC). The route is also operated with three weekly frequencies. Notably, none of the new routes face direct competition from any other airline. Maldivian’s only previous international route, to Trivandrum in southern India, is now also operated with the new 152-seat A320 aircraft.

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