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Villa Group Reveals Plans to Upgrade Maamigili Airport for International Operations

Mamigilli Airport Staff
The government of Maldives would soon decide on the proposal by Villa Group to upgrade Adh. Maamigili airport to an international airport.

The Ministry of Transport and Civil Aviation has revealed that the government of Maldives would soon decide on the proposal by Villa Group to upgrade Adh. Maamigili airport to an international airport. According to Aishath Nahula, Minister of Transport, upgrading domestic airports to international is wise at this point of time as it would benefit the country and its economy.

Privately owned by Villa Group, Maamigili Airport was upgraded to an international airport in 2013. However, two years later, it was downgraded to a domestic airport following a change in the government. In an interview given to AVAS, Abdulla Nashid, Managing Director of Villa Air said that the airline requested for the upgrading of Maamigili airport and commencement of international flights by the company’s Flyme airline on 09th May 2020.

The discussions with the government have been encouraging. Therefore, we hope we will receive the permit in the near future. We believe this step is necessary for the country and its tourism at this time.”

Abdulla Nashid, Managing Director of Villa Air
Photo: Villa Air Flyme Team at Mamigilli Airport with the new ATR

Nashid stated that the capacity of Maamigili airport has been increased by 200% compared to its capacity in 2013. In addition to the development of an arrival hall, Maamigili airport features a passenger lounge which can cater up to 120 travellers. Comprising the capacity to commence international operations, Nashid said that there would be no setbacks to immediately starting the operations upon receiving the permit.

Transport Minister Aishath Nahula said that Villa Air’s request to upgrade the airport is being assessed by the ministry. According to her, it is likely that the permission will be issued once Maldives’ tourism resumes and that the guideline will be followed in assessing the proposal.

The Villa Group is one of the largest business organisations in Maldives. The company manages five exclusive island resorts, Maamigili domestic airport as well as the domestic airline, Villa Air – Flyme.

Feature image by MVHOTELS

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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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