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05 Important Facts You Need to Know Before Flying on TMA

TMA flight on the beach
Whether you’re booking your next trip through a tour operator or you’re making your own travel itinerary to the Maldives, one thing every visitor must explore is a seaplane transfer on Trans Maldivian Airways (TMA).

Not only is the seaplane transfer much faster than the speedboat, but these rides also allow you to see the true beauty of the Maldives! As all the seaplane rides are made during daylight hours, just one look out of the window will show you the most majestic views of the Maldivian islands, reefs, lagoons and more. If you’re a first-time flier, thinking about booking a seaplane ride through TMA, the world’s largest seaplane operator, here are 05 things to know before you head on to your journey.

01. How to Check-in

Before you head onto your unforgettable journey in the Maldives, make sure you have scheduled your transfer through a tour operator or directly with the hotel. After your immigration clearance upon arrival, you can directly go to the respective resort counter which can be located in the arrival area – your tour operator or any information service operator at the airport can also help you track down the counter.

The representatives at the counter will then help you go through a smooth and speedy check-in process, it’s nothing like your check-in for international flights! On the completion of your check-in, the representatives will then assist you to the air-conditioned buses, which will transport you to the beautiful Noovilu Speaplne Terminal, where you can find snacks and beverages as well as spaces to freshen up before your departure.

The seaplane terminal itself is a beautiful spot to visit before your flight. Make sure you head outside and get the scenic view of the seaplanes that are ready to take off, all lined up with the backdrop of the Maldives. It’s truly a breathtaking view you must capture!

02. Travel like a VIP

Feeling like arriving at your resort like a VIP? TMA ensures top-notch luxurious facilities for VIP guests who want to travel like a boss! One of the special benefits of being a VIP guest is the dedicated VIP lounges. Depending on the resort you’re booking your stay at, you might get to explore the VIP lounge for the dedicated resort, or you can enjoy the TMA VIP lounge where relaxation and comfort become a top priority. 

VIP guests are facilitated with cooling towels, beverages, snacks and the most scenic view of the seaplane terminal as they wait for their departure.

03. How much Baggage can I take?

You may think that TMA seaplanes will only allow a small amount of baggage. But don’t worry, the standard baggage allowance is 20 kg of checked-in luggage and 5kg of hand luggage per person. This is the perfect amount for your trip to a resort, where the sunny weather asks for nothing more than beach wear!

04. Is TMA just for going to resorts?

TMA is more than just a seaplane transfer, it’s a journey through paradise where every moment creates a lasting memory. Whether it is a resort transfer or a private charter a journey with TMA is something every traveller needs to have on their bucket list. So here are some additional services that TMA provides for travellers to enjoy the true beauty of Maldives:

  1. Photo Flights – The photo flight charter service includes a 10-minute flyover, where you can capture the most scenic views of the Maldives. Don’t worry, this charter service comes at a reasonable price, you can always email for more information!
  2. Private Charter – If you’re looking to fly to your destination in full VIP, you can charter a TMA flight from and to any destination! Now that’s called flying in ultimate luxury style. 
  3. Excursions – You can always book your dolphin and sunset excursions at the resort, but you must book a full-day or half-day excursion with TMA as well! This is truly the best way to enjoy the islands and sandbanks of the Maldives, where you can enjoy a picnic with your loved ones and enjoy the true luxury of the destination.
  4. Passenger Evacuation Flights – TMA also provides flights upon request for medical or other emergencies from resorts or local islands that are located within the seaplane zone. 

05. Can I carry a surfboard or equipment on a TMA flight?

Maldives is truly the dream destination for surfers from all around the world, and sometimes to reach your dream surfing destination the most ideal way might be to hop on a TMA flight. For these special baggage, such as surfboards or large and heavy equipment, TMA fully recommends chartering a flight, as the size restrictions of the cabin or luggage compartment make it difficult to accommodate such baggage on a scheduled flight. 

Now that you know all the little details from your check-in to the VIP services, are you ready to book a trip to the Maldives and enjoy the most breathtaking views with TMA?

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Ethiopian Airlines Set to Launch New Services in Warsaw, Poland!

Ethiopian Airlines announces the launch of new services to Warsaw, Poland. Africa’s largest network operating carrier will now be conducting four times weekly passenger services to Warsaw, Poland via Athens.

According to the airline, the new services to Warsaw, Poland will start on June 16, 2024. With this new destination, the airline is expanding its connectivity, marking 24 different European destinations that travellers can fly to. The airline also revealed the scheduling for the new route with ET 764 from Addis Ababa to Warsaw via Athens, which will operate on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, and Sundays. Return flight ET 765 from Warsaw to Addis Ababa via Athens will operate on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays.

We are truly excited to further grow our presence in the European market with yet another new destination. This development is in harmony with our strategic intent to bridge Africa with the globe while fostering commerce and tourism within the continent. We have finalised our preparations to start delivering a gratifying journey experience to our patrons on this route. With the airline celebrating its 78th anniversary this year, the addition of Warsaw into our network further solidifies our position as a key player in the African aviation market and beyond. With its more than 60 destinations in Africa, it is playing a key role in bringing Africa closer to the world and now to Poland in particular, says Ethiopian Airlines Group CEO, Mesfin Tasew.

Ethiopian Airlines continues to be a leading airline in Africa and a global player in the aviation industry. The airline offers convenient travel options with seamless connections. Ethiopian Airlines connects global travellers to 136 international passenger and cargo destinations, including 63 African cities. Travellers can enjoy the new destination with Star Alliance, the world’s largest airline network as well. As the airline celebrates its 78th anniversary this year, the addition of Warsaw into the network further solidifies the airline’s position as a key player in the African aviation market and beyond. With its more than 60 destinations in Africa, it is playing a key role in bringing Africa closer to the world and now to Poland in particular.  

Travellers can now book their flights to Warsaw via Athens on Ethiopian Airlines’ website or through their preferred travel agent. The airline looks forward to welcoming passengers on board and providing them with a memorable journey.

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