TMA to introduce ATR aircrafts for domestic operations

TMA confirms the intent of introducing ATR aircrafts to the existing fleet of twin-otters | Photo: TMA

Malé, Maldives – The world’s largest seaplane operator, Trans Maldivian Airways (TMA) has revealed its major expansion plans to support the tourism infrastructure in the Maldives and support the island nation continue to be the leading tourism destination going forward.

TMA is to induct 4 twin otter aircraft by the 3rd quarter of 2021. With the addition of these aircrafts, TMA will have a fleet of 60 twin otter aircrafts further strengthening its position as the World’s largest Seaplane Operator.

Trans Maldivian Airways also plans to further expand the company by establishing wheel-based operations in the Maldives. TMA confirms the intent of introducing ATR aircrafts to the existing fleet of twin-otters. While seaplanes will remain the best way to view the Maldives from the sky, they have to be operated during daylight hours.

The wheel planes will supplement TMA’s transfer service and enable it to offer its services round the clock. TMA will make Madivaru airport as its base and will also have the wheel plane hangar at that airport.

Trans Maldivian Airways has served the nation for over 30 years and currently operates over 150 flights, daily, serving more than 80 resorts in the Maldives. Over the years, TMA has played a pivotal role in ensuring that the tourism in Maldives grows beyond the Male’ atoll and it continues to serve as one of the most vital tourism stakeholders in the country.

Following the addition of the first seaplane to the fleet in 1997, the transition to a seaplane-only fleet completed in 1999. A year later the name Trans Maldivian Airways came to be. Today, TMA represents as a synonym for connecting the Maldives islands.