Malaysia's Batik Airlines, previously known as MalindoAir, has launched flights to the Maldives, expanding its reach to the popular tourist destination.
The airline's inaugural flight arrived at Velana International Airport with 57 passengers on board at 8:30 pm on Friday, and was greeted with a ceremonial water salute.
Batik Airlines operates flights to 52 destinations worldwide. The airline will utilize Boeing 737 Max aircraft for its trips to the Maldives. The flights will include direct flights from Malaysia to the Maldives, as well as transit flights connecting Malaysia, Sri Lanka, and the Maldives.
A one-way ticket from Kuala Lumpur International Airport to Velana International Airport is priced at RM699, equivalent to approximately MVR 2,400.
In addition to Batik Airlines, Saudi Arabia's Flynas and US-based airline Virgin Atlantic are also preparing to introduce flights to Velana International Airport.