Seaplane operator, Trans Maldivian Airways (TMA) is preparing to begin domestic flight operations.
TMA is working on expanding its operations to include wheel-based operations. In its bid to widen its services, TMA will be increasing its seaplane fleet to 60 during the third quarter of this year, and will commence domestic flight operations by adding ATR aircrafts to its fleet. TMA will be using Madivaru Airport, which is expected to open later this year, as its main hub. Madivaru Airport is operated by one of TMA’s shareholders, Champa Company.
According to TMA, it hopes to offer transfer services to tourists around the clock with the introduction of domestic flight services.
Three local airlines currently operate domestic flights in the Maldives. They are national airline Maldivian, and privately owned FlyMe and Manta Air.