Etihad Airways, the UAE’s national carrier, has announced a strategic interline partnership with Maldivian, the national airline of the Maldives. This collaboration aims to enhance connectivity to the Maldives, extending beyond the primary island of Malé to 16 additional destinations within the archipelago.
Under this agreement, passengers of Etihad can now effortlessly travel across the Indian Ocean’s island chain, benefiting from the combined networks and services of both airlines on a single ticket. This partnership notably facilitates access to various islands in the Maldives via Velana International Airport in Malé.
The destinations include Dharavandhoo Island, Faresmathoda, Funadhoo, Fuvahmulak Island, Gan Island, Kooddoo Island, Hanimaadhoo Island, Kulhudhuffushi, Hoarafushi, Kaadedhdhoo Island, Kadhdhoo Island, Madivaru, Maafaru International, Maavarulu, Thimarafushi, and Ifuru.
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Starting January 1, 2024, Etihad will increase its flight frequency to Malé, moving from 10 to 14 flights per week, to ensure seamless connections with the Maldivian network. This initiative also offers customers the opportunity to combine their visit to the Maldives with a stopover in Abu Dhabi, allowing them to experience the rich culture and attractions of the UAE’s capital.
This interline agreement with Maldivian adds to Etihad’s growing portfolio of global airline partnerships, aimed at providing enhanced connectivity and convenience to its customers.
Etihad’s Chief Revenue Officer, Arik De said: “This interline will elevate the overall customer experience across the entire journey. Guests bound for the Maldives will enjoy the privilege of arriving at their popular holiday destinations with greater ease. Facilitated by smooth connections from Malé, Etihad customers can easily transition to Maldivian’s services, reaching a wide range of domestic destinations to begin their idyllic island retreat.”
Maldivian’s General Manager Commercial, Ibrahim Hamdhan Mohamed said: “In an effort to expand Maldivian’s reach globally, this interline partnership with Etihad Airways will open exciting opportunities for our valued customers to connect and travel seamlessly within our strong and growing route network of destinations across the Maldives.”