Manta Air has commenced seaplane operation alongside the inauguration of the new seaplane terminal at Velena International Airport (VIA).
The new seaplane terminal was inaugurated Acting Director of by Maldives Airport Company Limited (MACL) Moosa Solih. Senior Officials of MACL and Manta Air and airport staff were present at the inauguration ceremony held Monday morning.
Speaking at the ceremony, Moosa Solih said MACL was delighted that Manta Air was launching their seaplane services together with the inauguration of the new seaplane terminal.
CEO of Manta Air Mohamed Khaleel said the airline has reached new heights with the introduction of seaplane services. He attributed the achievement to the hard working employees of Manta Air as well as the efforts of MACL staff.
Manta Air had planned to commence their seaplane services in September. However, the operation could not be launched as planned due to the seaplane terminal not being completed in time, and due to pending permits from Civil Aviation Authority.
While three seaplane has been procured by Manta Air for their operations, two additional seaplane will be added to their fleet before the end of the year, said Manta Air.
Manta Air currently flies to Dharavandhoo and Kudahuvadhoo. While ATR-72-600 model aircraft are being used by the airline for domestic operation, the airline offers several services including the option to pre-book seats on the flight, and offers large discounts on airfare for customers who book their flights well in advance.
National airline Maldivian and Trans Maldivian Airways (TMA) currently offer seaplane services in the Maldives in addition to Manta Air. Local airline FlyMe is also working to commence seaplane services.