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How the World’s Largest Seaplane Terminal Makes Travel to Maldives Resorts Easier!

Velana International Airport made seaplane travel easier for passengers connecting to Maldives resorts in 2022. This was the year when the Noovilu Seaplane Terminal was introduced, marking the launch of the largest seaplane terminal in the world. Since then, this beautiful seaplane terminal has marked the start and end of the journey for every traveller connecting to a Maldives resort by seaplane.

A Journey to the Noovilu Seaplane Terminal

Upon arrival at the Velana International Airport (VIA), travellers must locate the correct counter for check-in. For seaplanes, it’s going to be one of the three operators: Trans Maldivian (TMA), Manta Air or Maldivian. If your resort has a lounge based at VIA, you can often head straight there to relax and cool down. From there, a resort vehicle or the airport bus will transport you to the beautiful Noovilu Seaplane Terminal.

Quite a number of resorts have already developed their own lounges for travellers to relax, unwind and grab a snack before travelling. One of the best parts is that you can even sneak in a quick shower at some of these lounges! If the resort does not have a dedicated lounge, travellers can explore the main lounge which is accessible to all. There’s always fresh beverages, hot drinks, an amazing view, and free Wi-Fi for travellers here. If you’re extra hungry, you can also order meals at any of the outlets based at the terminal.

Coral Lounge by Trans Maldivian Airways (TMA)

If you’re flying with TMA, you can explore the Coral Lounge. This new VIP lounge is located on the 2nd floor, offering VIP guests the best of the terminal. With one of the best views, guests can watch the seaplanes landing and take off from the water runways. In addition to the scenic view and comfortable seating, the terminal also provides:

  • Dedicated quiet zone with recliners & massage chairs
  • An array of meals, snacks and refreshments
  • Free Wi-Fi access
  • Kids play area with toys and activity books
  • Comfortable washrooms with baby changing facilities & showers
  • Service staff to take care of your every need, with special assistance for wheel-chair bound passengers

Although repeated guests are quite used to the workings of the seaplane terminal, new travellers shouldn’t worry about the process. If you’ve booked directly with the hotel, a representative will ensure your check-in and departure go smoothly. With the Noovilu Seaplane terminal, your journey to paradise is made easier, convenient and fun!

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