Accessibility to resorts in the Maldives will be significantly improved with the opening of Madivaru Airport this month, as the archipelago celebrates its Golden Jubilee.
Flights to and from Male’s Velana International Airport to Madivaru Airport in Lhaviyani Atoll will take just 25 minutes and operate throughout the night. Until now Lhaviyani has been serviced only by seaplanes, where operation is limited to daylight as well as flying from a different terminal at Velana.
The flight schedule will commence with three flights per day, scheduled according to arrivals and departures of international flights to ensure minimal wait times for travelers.
Madivaru Airport has been developed by Kuredu Holdings and will be managed by the national airline Maldivian, following a management agreement signed by Mohamed Moosa, Chairman of Champa Brothers Maldives & co-owner of Crown & Champa Resorts, one of the owners of luxury resorts Kudadoo Maldives Private Island and Hurawalhi Island Resort, as well as Kuredu, Komandoo and Innahura (Crown & Champa Resorts), all located a 10–25-minute speedboat ride away from Madivaru Airport.
Madivaru Airport’s flights have been scheduled to connect travelers flying from several international airlines including Qatar Airways, Emirates and Turkish Airlines.
Maldives was recently named the World’s Leading Destination for the second consecutive year at the World Travel Awards (WTA) 2021 where the Maldives competed against 18 other destinations including Dubai, Indonesia, Spain, Vietnam, USA and Greece.
The island destination has been moving beyond its traditional reputation as a honeymoon destination and expanding its offering with a host new offerings for a far wider range of tourists. Family experiences, health and fitness packages, solo travel experiences, extensive marine adventures, as well as a highlight on dining and gastronomy have all been adding pace recently, attracting more tourists to this ‘safe and beautiful haven.’