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Flyme Commences International Operations — Inaugural Flight to Sri Lanka Takes Off

Flyme receives AOC for international operations
Flyme has received AOC to commence international operations. The airline will initially operate flights to Sri Lanka.

Currently, the privately-owned airline operates flights in the Maldives to several domestic destinations. These destinations include Dharavandhoo in Baa Atoll, Villa Airport Maamigili in Alifu Dhaalu Atoll, and the main Velana International Airport in Capital Male’ Atoll. Flyme commenced its operations back in October 2011 with one ATR 42-500. The company initially operated between Maamigili and Male’ Airport.

Flyme received Air Operator’s Certificate (AOC) to commence international operations late Thursday. With its inaugural flight from Velana Interntaional Airport to Sri Lanka today. The privately-owned airline is set to operate flights between Sri Lanka and the Maldives. However, Flyme will expand its operations with multiple destinations in Asia in the future.

The longest ATR operating airline in Maldives provides a unique travel experience for travelers. Flyme is owned and operated by VillaAir – a part of the Villa Group of companies. Villa Maamigili airport features a passenger lounge that can cater up to 120 travelers. Likewise, its capacity has been increased by 200% compared to 2013.

The Villa Group also manages five resorts in the Maldives under Villa Hotels. The five resorts include; Paradise Island Resort, Sun Island Resort & Spa, Holiday Island Resort & Spa, Royal Island Resort, and Fun Island Resort. Each of these properties offers unique accommodation options and unparalleled levels of service. Each resort offers distinctive experiences for travelers from a family-friendly experience at Fun Island Resort to a romantic experience at Paradise Island Resort.

The Airline industry has been massively struck by the recent COVID-19 pandemic. According to a report by Moody’s, commercial aviation will be ravaged by the pandemic for years to come. The Maldives has started welcoming international visitors with border reopening from 15th July 2020. The latest figures from Maldives Immigration indicates a total of 7,628 tourists arrived in the Maldives in the month of August 2020. Airline operations between nations to bring more visitors to the Maldives holds importance for the country to recover from losses of COVID-19.

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Seaside Finolhu Baa Atoll Maldives Announces New Leadership Appointments

Meet the newest leadership appointments at Seaside Finolhu Baa Atoll.

Seaside Finolhu Baa Atoll Maldives introduces Steven D’Souza as Director of Food & Beverages, and Tammy Gan as Assistant Director of Branding & Marketing.

Steven D’Souza – Director of Food & Beverages

Originally from India, Steve brings over 18 years of experience within the hospitality Industry. Having achieved a Bachelor of Hotel Management degree, Steve has accumulated invaluable pre-opening resort experiences. Steve has worked across three continents and served as the Food and Beverage division Head at Cap Jaluca, A Belmond Hotel in Anguilla.

When it comes to the Maldives, Steve has worked at The Nautilus Maldives, Niyama Private Island Maldives, and Anantara Kihavah Maldives. Additionally, Steven has also worked in Anantara in Thailand, Raffles Hotels Canouan Island, Buccament Bay Spa and Resort in St. Vincent & Grenadines, and Sheraton Jumeirah in Dubai.

At Seaside Finolhu Baa Atoll, Steve will be reporting directly to the General Manager. He has been tasked with spearheading the F&B operations, prioritizing revenue growth, waste minimization, and regulatory compliance, as well as enhancing guest satisfaction through elevated service standards.

Tammy Gan – Assistant Director of Branding & marketing

Tammy, who is originally from Singapore joins Seaside Finolhu Baa Atoll with over 14 years of Marketing and Branding experience in the hospitality sector. Throughout her career, Tammy has worked in countries across Southeast Asia to the Middle East as well as the Maldives. Prior to this, Tammy held the position of Assistant Director of Marketing & Communications at The Nautilus Maldives. Additionally, she held roles in esteemed properties like Gili Lankanfushi Maldives, Laguna Banyan Tree Limited in Phuket, Anantara Hotels Resorts & Spa in UAE, and Grand Copthorne Waterfront Hotel.

In her new role, Tammy will report to the Director of Sales & Marketing. Here, she will oversee the strategic development and execution of marketing and communications plans for Finolhu and . HERE brands. Additionally, her role also encompasses brand enhancement, market analysis, advertising initiatives, resource allocation optimisation, as well as nurturing innovative branding and communication strategies through collaboration with external agencies.

I’m thrilled to welcome Steven and Tammy to Seaside Finolhu. I am confident that their expertise will help enhance our brand and elavate our dining experiences, ensuring unforgettable memoments for our guests, comments Steven Phillips – General Manager, Seaside Finolhu Baa Atoll.

Finolhu Baa Atoll Maldives is owned and managed by the Seaside Collection. The resort consists of 125 beachfront and overwater villas, four restaurants and an array of activities for guests to enjoy every day! Recently, the resort took groundbreaking measures to offer its employees more opportunities by signing an MoU with the Maldives National University. The MoU with Finolhu and MNU ensures the employees have opportunities to pursue further education and grow in the industry.

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