The Arrival


The Maldives Airports Company Limited (MACL) recently made an exciting announcement, revealing that Virgin Atlantic has commenced direct flights between the United Kingdom (UK) and the Maldives.

Inaugural Flight Touchdown Connecting London Heathrow to Velana International Airport

On October 23, the inaugural flight from London Heathrow Airport touched down at Velana International Airport (VIA), marking the launch of this new route. The service is set to operate three times a week and will be serviced by Virgin Atlantic’s Boeing 787 Dreamliner, which offers passengers 31 Upper Class, 35 Premium, and 192 Economy Delight, Classic, and Light seats.


Virgin Atlantic’s Luxurious Offerings An Array of Travel Experiences

The newly introduced flight service promises a range of travel experiences for passengers. In Virgin Atlantic’s Upper Class, travelers can relish fully flat beds and an onboard bar, creating a delightful setting for dining and networking with fellow passengers. Premium customers can enjoy the comfort of a luxurious leather armchair with a generous 38-inch seat pitch, along with priority boarding and welcome drinks. Regardless of the class, all passengers will be treated to complimentary food and beverages, an extensive selection of entertainment with over 300 hours of content, and a warm welcome from Virgin Atlantic’s attentive cabin crew.

Distinguished Inaugural Event Celebrating the Maiden Voyage

The Virgin Atlantic Inaugural event was graced by the presence of the British High Commissioner to the Maldives, Caron Rohsler, as well as senior members of MACL and local agent Voyages Maldives. High Commissioner Rohsler highlighted that the Maldives remains a top holiday destination for British tourists, consistently ranking among the top three nationalities visiting the Maldives for several years. She expressed the UK’s eagerness to strengthen partnerships in the Maldives, particularly as airport expansion projects move forward. This new flight connection is expected to contribute to the ongoing growth of tourism between the UK and the Maldives.


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