The Spanish airline will operate three weekly connections to the Indian Ocean islands’ capital Male
Iberia has completed its maiden flight to the Maldives with a service from Madrid to Male which will run until August 30.
The airline will utilise its fleet of Airbus A330-200/300 aircraft for the route, enabling it to provide a three-class cabin made up of business, premium economy and economy to a maximum of 292 passengers.
Gordon Stewart, CEO and managing director of Maldives Airports, said: “It is a special privilege to welcome Iberia, the flagship carrier of Spain on its maiden voyage. The direct flights from Madrid to Maldives will surely open doors for a much stronger European connection in the days ahead. We are confident that Iberia will add value to our airport and boost Maldives tourism.”
The services will depart the Spanish capital on Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 9.20pm local and arrive in the Maldives at 11.25am the next day. The return connection will operate on Wednesday, Friday and Saturday, leaving Male at 10.00pm and arriving in Madrid at 6.10am the next day.
María Jesús López Solás, Iberia's commercial, network development and alliances director, added: “The Maldives route represents Iberia’s first Indian Ocean destination, which happens to be one of the safest from COVID-19. Without doubt Maldives is one of our star products for this summer, and at Iberia we´re committed to opening up new markets and to attracting sustainable, quality tourism.”
After announcing the new route, Iberia has seen major tour operators block booking seats, driving the airline’s decision to increase the originally announced two weekly connections to three.