Villa Air – Flyme, owned by the Villa Group has commenced on-demand flight operations to Baa Atoll Dharavandhoo today, 1st November 2020. The privately-owned airline recently started international operations as well.
Flyme stopped its operations due to the global COVID-19 pandemic. But, the airline has restarted domestic operations on 1st October 2020. Likewise, Flyme celebrated its anniversary this October, marking 9 since the airline took the skies of the Maldives. The Villa Group’s airline first operated flights between Maamigili and Velana International Airport via two ATR 42-500 aircraft.
But the airline has since grown to serve three destinations in the Maldives including; Dharavandhoo in Baa Atoll, Villa Airport Maamigili in Alifu Dhaalu Atoll, and the main Velana International Airport in Capital Male’ Atoll. With the restarting of operations to Dharavandhoo today, Flyme has once again taken its status as serving three destinations in the Maldives.
Baa Atoll features the first UNESCO Biosphere reserve in the Maldives (UNESCO recently declared Addu and Fuvahmulah as a biosphere reserve). The atoll features some of the best resorts in the Maldives and renowned Hanifaru Bay. The protected area is a massive and vital feeding and breeding ground for manta rays and whale sharks. For every visitor to Baa Atoll, visiting the Hanifaru Bay is an experience in itself not-to-miss.
Flyme which boasts a fleet of four aircraft is a part of the Villa Group which also manages the Villa Maamigili Airport. The airline’s fleet consists of 72 seat ATR 72-600, two 68 seat ATR 72-500, and one 48 seat ATR 42-500. Villa Group’s 5 resorts in the Maldives are; Paradise Island Resort & Spa, Sun Island Resort & Spa, Holiday Island Resort & Spa, Royal Island Resort, and Fun Island Resort.