Wizz Air commences direct flights to Maldives


The budget carrier hailing from the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Wizz Air Abu Dhabi, launched its direct flight operations to the Maldives.

The airline’s maiden flight touched Velana International Airport’s (VIA) tarmac on Tuesday late-afternoon, October 4 at around 16:50hrs.

An entourage of Wizz Air top brass arrived in the maiden flight. The group were received by Minister of Tourism, Dr. Abdulla Mausoom and the Managing Director of Maldives Airports Company Limited (MACL) Mr. Mahujoob Shujau, along with other senior members of the company.

While welcoming Wizz Air’s operations to the Maldives, the minister notes of greater connectivity scope for the island nation through the airline’s flight routes.

“With the extensive global connections UAE provides, the new route from Abu Dhabi will strengthen connectivity between the Maldives and the rest of the world,” he said.

“And this enhanced connectivity between UAE Maldives, I welcome Emiratis and residents to travel to the Maldives and experience the Maldivian hospitality. More people can take advantage of this convenient link thanks to the direct flights between Abu Dhabi and the Maldives.”

– Minister Dr. Mausoom

The airline will operate the route four times a week on Saturday, Sunday, Tuesday and Thursday. Wizz Air while initially operating four days a week, is expected to increase flight frequency to six times per week in November, and daily in December 2022.

Speaking about the airline’s newest route, Wizz Air Abu Dhabi’s Managing Director Mr. Michael Berlouis said, “Offering the ideal escape for relaxation, self-discovery and picture-perfect moments, it’s no surprise that the Maldives is an ever-popular destination.”

“In line with our commitment to offer our customers world-class low-cost travel experiences, we are excited to now be flying to this tropical paradise, unlocking new options for those not only within the UAE, but also for self-connecting passengers,” Mr. Berlouis added.