Manta Air announces Male-Dharavandhoo service, offers daily direct flights to Maldives’ only Biosphere Reserve

Manta Air has announced plans to begin a new domestic route, providing daily, direct service to the home of the only UNESCO Biosphere Reserve in Maldives.

Starting this Thursday, Manta Air will operate two direct flights on a pre-published schedule between the country’s main Velana International Airport in Male and Dharavandhoo Airport in Baa atoll. Frequency on the Male-Dharavandhoo route will be increased to three daily flights after the second week of operations, providing travellers the option to choose between 21 weekly flights to Baa atoll.

“The addition of direct flights to Dharavandoo by Manta Air is the one that is going to excite the local community and the customers travelling to the region,” Ahmed Maumoon, Chief Marketing Officer of Manta Air, was quoted in a statement, as saying.

“Dharavandhoo is one of the most popular airports in the country, used by many. We understand that passengers are looking forward to a better flying experience, on time performance and scheduled flights. We designed our service specifically with customers in mind, to relieve pain points and make domestic travel enjoyable and effortless. Our aim is to give the best of Manta Air’s hospitality to each and every customer who will be joining us onboard whilst they enjoy a spectacular view across the blue.”

To celebrate its new route, Manta Air has announced a very special promotional fare of MVR 499 for adults and MVR249 for kids. In addition, the airline will also be maintaining the ‘Super Saver’ and ‘Saver Fares’ for bookings made in advance to Dharavandhoo as well, with the lowest fare starting at MVR 549 for one way.

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The start of Dharavandhoo flights comes hot on the heels of Manta Air’s recent addition of a third aircraft to its fleet. The airline currently operates three brand new ATR 72-600 aircraft, featuring modern and spacious cabin interiors and quiet turboprop engines. It has further enhanced the cabin by implementing a reduced seat configuration in order to provide every passenger with additional legroom for a comfortable flying experience.

In addition to the newly launched Male-Dharavandhoo route, Manta Air currently flies between the Velana International Airport in Male and Dhaalu Airport, the airline’s main hub located on the island of Kudahuvadhoo in Dhaalu atoll. The route is served by daily four flights operating on a pre-published fixed schedule, giving travellers the flexibility to choose their preferred time of day to fly.

The airline is also in the process of acquiring Twin Otter seaplanes in order to launch its seaplane service in the second quarter of 2019.

Manta Air was founded in 2016 as a joint venture between Deep Blue Private Limited, a local company with multiple investments in tourism, and tourism pioneer Umar Mohamed Maniku. The company was created to cater to the need for more air travel options and to support the rapid developments in the aviation industry in light of the development of new airports and the fast paced expansion of resorts and guesthouses across the country.

Manta Air tickets for Dharvandhoo are now available for purchase online from its official website and through authorised passenger sales agents. Reservations can also be made by calling, +960 3314477 or +960 7994405 during standard business hours.

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