NewsFebruary 23, 2021

Trans Maldivian Airways to Expand Aggressively with Wheel-based Operations

World’s largest seaplane operator, Trans Maldivian Airways, reveals its aggressive expansion plans which will enable it to support the tourism infrastructure in Maldives and help the island nation continue to be the leading tourism destination going forward as well.

TMA will induct 4 twin otter aircraft by 3rd quarter of 2021. With this, TMA will have a fleet of 60 twin otter aircraft – further strengthening its position as the World’s largest Seaplane Operator.


TMA also plans to further expand by establishing wheel-based operations in the Maldives. TMA confirms the intent of introducing ATR aircraft to the existing fleet of twin-otters. While seaplanes will remain the best way to view Maldives from the sky, they have to be operated during the daylight hours. The wheel planes will supplement TMA’s transfer service and enable it to give a 24*7 transfer solution to all the resorts in Maldives.

TMA will make Madivaru airport as its base and will also have the wheel plane hangar at that airport.

Trans Maldivian Airways has served the nation for over 30 years and currently operates over 150 flights, daily, serving more than 80 resorts in the Maldives. Over the years, TMA has played a pivotal role in ensuring that the tourism in Maldives grows beyond the Male’ atoll and it continues to serve as one of the most vital tourism stakeholders in the country.