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ITB BERLIN NEWS • Wednesday 9 th March 2016

SPECIAL DOSSIER: MALDIVES 47 Not Just a Flight of Fancy! Maldives main air terminal set to double in capacity Trans Maldivian Inaugural Transfer to Furaveri Island Resorts & Spa Trans Maldivian Airways jump-started 2016 with another resort partnership: 25th January 2016 marked the inaugural seaplane transfer to Furaveri Island Resort & Spa, Maldives. The first guests to enjoy the seaplane transfer to Furaveri experienced a scenic, 40-minute flight to their resort destination from Ibrahim Nasir International Airport in Malé’. Furaveri Island Resort & Spa, Maldives, is located in the Raa Atoll. It boasts 101 villas and a wide range of sports activities and relaxation options, suitable for a romantic retreat or a family holiday. With the world’s largest seaplane fleet, Trans Maldivian Airways whisps visitors from Ibrahim Nasir International Airport in Malé to their island holiday destinations. Hall 5.2A / Stand 109-109a SilkAir Launches New Singapore-Malé Route SilkAir, the regional wing of Singapore Airlines, launched flights to Malé, Maldives from October 26, 2015. The four times weekly flights depart out of Singapore on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays with same day return flights from Malé. The services are operated with Airbus A320 aircraft, featuring both business and economy class cabins. This new service complements Singapore Airlines’ daily flights to Malé. Together, SilkAir and Singapore Airlines now offer a total of two daily services between Singapore and Malé. Commenting on the launch, SilkAir’s Chief Executive, Leslie Thng said: “As the popularity of Maldives grows among Asian travellers, we are glad to be joining our parent company, Singapore Airlines, in operating flights on this route. Together, we will provide double daily services to and from Malé throughout the year, giving more options to travellers wanting to visit this beautiful destination. The additional services will also offer our customers enhanced connectivity to over 100 international cities in 36 countries in the joint Singapore Airlines- SilkAir network.” Hall 5.2A / Stand 114 As part of ongoing improvements, Ibrahim Nasir International Airport (INIA) is set to double terminal capacity, and enable landing of A380 aircraft. The airport is strategically located in the heart of Maldives with excellent connectivity for land, sea and air travel within the country. It serves more than 35 international airlines connecting to more than 35 cities including major hubs in Europe, Middle East, South Asia, South East Asia and the Far East. INIA accommodates more than 3 million passengers & attracts some of the biggest airlines in the globe including the recent German flagship carrier Lufthansa airline’s direct flights from Frankfurt, Germany. INIA is the base airport to 3 home based airlines & harbours the biggest seaplane operations in the world. Recognized as the leading airport in the Indian Ocean Category by the World Travel Awards for the 4th consecutive year, INIA has improved services including a variety of F&B outlets, new duty free outlets, exclusive lounges and a wellness centre for the comfort of the passengers. In recent times, INIA has been continuously improving its infrastructure. The recent opening of the north apron has provided ample parking space for business jets and commercial airlines. INIA has major developments projects ahead which include expansion of the present apron, a new code-F runway which would accommodate Airbus A380 aircraft, a new fuel farm with hydrant system for efficient fuelling, a modern cargo facility 3 times the size of the present one and also a brand new terminal building with aero bridges and state of the art baggage handling systems. The new terminal will provide more space for passengers with expanded duty free, F&B Outlets and lounges. The new terminal will accommodate to 7.5 million passengers compared to 3.2million passengers per annum at present. Maldives Airports Company Ltd’s Managing Director Mohamed Ibrahim stated “We are heavily investing our time and energy to transform this airport into a world class airport and we will provide the highest service standard to our customers and passengers”. Hall 5.2A / Stand 109-109a MEGA Maldives Tempts Chinese Tour Operators with Roadshow MEGA Maldives Airlines and the Maldives Marketing and Public Relations Corporation (MMPRC) recently hosted a joint Road Show in 3 major cities in China. Known as the “Maldives Road Show 2015”, events were held at Shanghai, Zhengzhou and Beijing. The Road Show allowed Chinese around 600 tour operators and other interested parties to come face-to-face with Maldivian resort operators and other subsidiary companies, enabling the establishment of greater collaboration and closer relations, from which the Maldives tourism industry as a whole will benefit. MEGA Maldives Airlines currently has direct flights from Maldives to Beijing, Shanghai, Hong Kong and Macau in China. It recently launched direct flights from Malé to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Hall 5.2A / Stand 109-109a ITB BERLIN NEWS • Wednesday 9 th March 2016

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