Turkish Airlines has launched direct flights from Turkey to Maldives today. The first flight landed in Maldives today at 7:00am. It was confirmed that Turkish flag carrier will fly nonstop, 5-day-a-week from Istanbul’s Atatürk International Airport to the Male’s Ibrahim Nasir International Airport. Flights leave Istanbul at 8:25pm and arrive at 7:10am. On the return they leave Male at 9am and arrive at 230pm.
The Airbus A330 will serve Male’ five times weekly, connecting the Maldives to the airline’s hub at Istanbul Ataturk airport.
In the ceremony to celebrate the launching of Turkish airline to Maldives, the Minister for Economic Development Honourable Ahmed Mohamed said that the launching of the airline would benefit Maldives tourism in helping to reach the target of attracting one million tourists for this year.
Established in 1933 with a fleet of only five airplanes, Star Alliance member, Turkish Airlines is today a four star airline with a fleet of 184 aircraft (passenger and cargo) flying to 195 cities around worldwide. One of the fastest growing airline companies, Turkish Airlines has received several “Passengers Choice Awards” from the consumer ranking group, Skytrax. Based on 2011 results, Turkish Airlines has been chosen as the winner in 3 categories, “Best Airline Europe”, “Best Premium Economy Seats” for its Comfort Class seats and “Best Airline Southern Europe”. It has also received awards for its catering and holds a coveted 4-star designation, putting the airline in a small group of top quality carriers. Turkish Airlines was also given the Skytrax designation of “World’s Best Economy Class On-board Catering” in 2010, and Skyscanner’s “Best On-board Food 2011″.
Maldives attracted 3404 tourist from Turkey by the end of September 2012. MMPRC predicts that the total number of tourist from Turkey and CIS countries will increase due to starting of Turkish airline.
For more information please contact:
Fathimath Raheel, Senior Marketing Officer
Maldives Marketing & Public Relations Corporation
Telephone: +960 332 3228; Facsimile: +960 332 3229