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Flyme Commences On-Demand Flights to Dharavandhoo

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Villa Air - Flyme, owned by the Villa Group has commenced on-demand flight operations to Baa Atoll Dharavandhoo on 1st November.

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.

Some of the best-renowned resorts in Baa Atoll Includes; Soneva Fushi, Royal Island Resort & Spa, Anantara Kihavah Maldives Villas, Seaside Finolhu, and The Westin Maldives Miriandhoo.

Also read: Couple Reveals What it’s Like to Holiday at Paradise Island Resort Right Now

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.

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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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