TMA Restarts Employee Recognition Program, Honors Outstanding Employees

At Trans Maldivian Airways, we always believe in a culture of achievement and recognition, hence we do celebrate when our employees deliver above & beyond in serving our clients, fellow colleagues or the company. After a period of silence during the Covid Pandemic, we have now re-started our Employee Recognition Program, across the company.

We recently held our company-wide award ceremony for outstanding performance demonstrated by our employees during the times of pandemic, by going an extra mile serving the demands of the time under dire conditions. This is just a re-start of the TMA Employee Recognition program that sets the tone and paves the way for a finer bonding and enhanced engagement culture that we are thriving to have at all times among all teams in the time to come.

It’s our employees and teams that deliver a service excellence to our exclusive clientele in a challenging and demanding set up here in the Maldives – the Sunny side of life.  Each and every client is of utmost importance to our company, thus understanding their different needs and service standards, and delivering our services to their optimum satisfaction is the core in our operations. Therefore, we believe that employee engagement and a culture of recognition for people is crucial in a dynamic business environment like ours.

A simple ‘thank you’ is often all it takes to show appreciation to anyone. We go beyond, and have three levels of recognition to say ‘thank you’ for good deeds performed by our employees beyond their call of duty in delivering and serving our clients, fellow colleagues or the company.  Department level recognition, and company-wide recognition that steered by a ‘Recognition Committee’ are monthly events where any one can nominate any employee for their extraordinary contributions.  Annual Awards for excellence is an event that encompasses all great performance across the year.

At TMA, we recognize efforts tied to more than just performance, and it is our understanding that recognizing efforts openly boosts employee morale and amplifies the sense of achievement exceptionally. Therefore, whilst congratulating all 99 team mates those who received awards this time for their exemplary efforts during the past two years, we wish to continue with the cheerful culture of recognition at Trans Maldivian Airways, again and again, in the time to come!

Trans Maldivian Airways Celebrates the Underwater World of Maldives

Trans Maldivian Airways (TMA) unveiled an aircraft with a new special livery to celebrate the underwater world of Maldives. The event held yesterday evening at TMA Seaplane Base was graced by the Honorable Minister of Tourism, Dr. Abdulla Mausoom, who was joined by the Managing Director of Maldives Marketing and Public Relations Corporation Mr Thoyyib Mohamed, the Chief Operating Officer and Managing Director of Maldives Airports Company Ltd, Mr. Gordon Andrew Stewart, along with the senior management of Trans Maldivian Airways and other major stakeholders.

With the launch of this new livery, Trans Maldivian Airways hopes showcase the beauty and importance of marine life, and raise awareness and promote sustainable continuity of biodiversity and the world’s oceans at the same time. Trans Maldivian Airways recognizes the importance and is passionately involved in projects that promote continuity in the seas, oceans and marine life. Most notably, TMA also actively supports Olive Ridley Project’s Marine Turtle Rescue Centre by helping them transport rescued turtles.

TMA operates inaugural flight to Radisson Blu, Maldives

Trans Maldivian Airways is thrilled to operate the inaugural flight to Radisson Blu Maldives today, 01stAugust 2020.

The very first guests to the stunning Radisson Blu Maldives located in South Ari Atoll enjoyed the scenic journey from Velana International Airport. The picturesque islands are seen in all their glory when viewed from above and the seaplane journey is often cited as one of the most memorable moments of a Maldives holiday. We take pride in providing such “once in a life time” moments for our mutual guests.

Radisson Blu Maldives set amidst some of the most amazing coral reefs, the resort’s first-class sea sports and dive center will offer guests an array of activities, set for adrenaline pumping action. For those seeking to rejuvenate and restore, the yoga pavilion and spa will be the ethos of wellness as moves are practiced in the tranquil surrounds of the island. Dining at the restaurants and bar on the island promise to tantalize even the most discerning palate with unique cuisines and experiences.

We at Trans Maldivian Airways are delighted to have been chosen to provide the transfer service to yet another beautiful resort destination.



Today Trans Maldivian Airways conducted 4 charter flights to assist the transfer of guests from its partner resorts Komandhoo Maldives, The Standard Maldives Huruvalhi, Cheval Blanc Randheli, Soneva Fushi and non-partner hotel The Barefoot Eco Hotel Hanimadhoo (near its partner resort Hideaway Beach Resort & Spa) to Velana International Airport connecting Qatar Airways International departure.

Qatar Airways flight 652 conducted today was a special commercial passenger flight operated to Maldives for guests/staff in Maldives to reach their home countries, after the travel restrictions implemented by Maldives government as a measure of increased boarder control to contain the spread of COVID-19.

As the most experienced air transport provider in Maldives, the company is fully prepared and resourced up to assist its partners or any other party to transfer passengers/ staff from the islands to Velana International Airport connecting special repatriation or commercial flights upon request.

TMA flights

Photo credits: aviatorsmaldives


Grounded TMA Aircraft


Covid-19 pandemic has massively impacted the travel and tourism industries globally, including in the Maldives.  As a company that is almost entirely built around the tourism economy and is in the business of transporting tourists visiting the Maldives, Trans Maldivian Airways has not been spared from the impact of the pandemic.

The international turbulence stemming from the coronavirus, increased border control measures and travel restrictions across the world (including key revenue generating markets for the Maldives), an almost complete stop to international travel, and local restrictions on entry (in the form of suspension of visa on arrival) have resulted in tourist arrivals to Maldives coming to a grinding halt.

As a result of the above unanticipated and unprecedented circumstances, most of the resort partners of TMA have announced closure of their respective resort islands for a period of 3 to 4 months. TMA presently serves as an exclusive transfer partner to more than 80 resorts in Maldives. Hence, with no tourist arrivals into the country and subsequent closure of resorts, TMA had to take the hard decision to reduce its capacity with effect from 1st April 2020. This will involve cessation of regular scheduled flights, grounding of a large part of its fleet, transitioning to an on-demand service and rolling back its operations.

While TMA presently focuses its efforts on weathering the storm, it takes the opportunity to pay gratitude to all the front line staff across the world who are working tirelessly and selflessly in order to ensure the present situation can be brought under control. The company believes that the pandemic will be brought under control and in turn, the Maldives’ tourism industries will rebound with TMA seaplanes again creating connections between the world and the glittering, unparalleled islands that many of you treasure.

Once the travel restrictions are lifted and it is safe to travel again, TMA looks forward to welcoming tourists back to the beautiful Maldives.


It is with our sense of great responsibility that we share our awareness video which showcases and demonstrates some of the cautionary actions, among an extensive array of preventive/precautionary measures taken throughout the company to avert the spread of the COVID-19. The safety of our mutual guests and staff alike is of utmost priority to us amid this global health emergency. Hence we would like to ensure that we maintain the highest standards of hygiene in our aircraft, all ground transportation vehicles, passenger waiting areas and throughout TMA terminals, so that you and your loved ones can travel with confidence.

Refer to our awareness video below;


It was a proud moment as we celebrated all of our Wonderful, Outstanding, Marvelous, Amazing and Noteworthy women at Trans Maldivian Airways on this year’s International Women’s Day, 08th March 2020, who have been an integral part of our success story for over 30 years since the humble beginning in 1989.

Our female staff were presented with a bouquet of flowers and delicious chocolates as a symbol of appreciation for their dedication, commitment and hard work contributing equally to ensure smooth and seamless flow in our everyday operations and most importantly all our overall accomplishments over the years.

It was a pleasure to celebrate women around the world because an equal world is an enabled world!



JOALI Maldives: A place for the joy of living, is a heavenly island destination situated in Raa Atoll, offering utmost luxury to anyone who decides to walk on their sandy beaches.
Last year, we conducted the first TMA flight to JOALI Maldives which also marked the start of exclusive transfer services by Trans Maldivian Airways to the resort. Today we marked another significant day for both JOALI Maldives and TMA as we unveiled their very own JOALI Maldives branded aircraft, furnished with a customized interior for our mutual guests of the resort to indulge and relax en-route their island paradise.

After cutting the ribbon, signifying the official launch of the aircraft, the guests enjoyed the picturesque journey from Velana International Airport to the resort. The seaplane journey is often cited as one of the most memorable moments of a Maldives holiday and we take pride in providing such unique moments for our mutual guests.

We at TMA are delighted to have been chosen to provide the transfer service to JOALI Maldives, yet another stunning island destination and look forward to a successful partnership in the years to come.


Trans Maldivian Airways welcomed its newest member to the fleet, completing the expansion drive that initiated in September 2019. The company added 1st of its 5 additional seaplanes on the 26th September 2019, 2nd and 3rd aircraft together on the 29th of December 2019 and 4th on the 21st Jan 2020 to its existing fleet of 52 aircraft. TMA took delivery of the last of these 5 seaplanes on 26th Jan 2020 marking this, the airline’s most aggressive expansion drive in its history of more than 30 years.

With the new additions, the fleet size will stand at 57 DHC-6 Twin Otter aircraft, making it the largest seaplane fleet in the world. TMA is considered to be the backbone of tourism infrastructure in the country and had always played a pivotal role in enhancing and facilitating the growth of the industry over the years. It is expected that with the latest additions to its fleet, the company will be more equipped to serve the increasing demand with the new upcoming resorts, and also provide added flexibility to all its partner resorts.

As the company welcomes the 57th Aircraft to the fleet, it would like to thank all its partners for their invaluable contributions and everlasting support in the growth story of TMA. With this expansion, TMA has further strengthened its position as the World’s Largest Seaplane Operator.


Today, 24th Nov 2019 marked an important milestone in the history of the tourism industry of Maldives as it welcomed its 1.5th million tourist for the year 2019.

The Maldivians undertook voluntary work in order to build their own airport, and in 1966 Male saw the first commercial landing. The few adventurous travellers who came to the Maldives in the following years were limited to exploring the pristine islands close to Male’ atoll. The natural and untouched beauty of the islands started to appeal to an increasing number of inquisitive travellers and tourism in the Maldives has grown exponentially ever since, especially after the inception of seaplane operation in 1993.

Seaplanes are considered to be a unique experience in the Maldives and played a pivotal role in the overall growth of the tourism industry in the country.

We at Trans Maldivian Airways take pride in being the preferred transfer partner on this occasion, and it is our honor to serve and continue to be a crucial part of Maldives Tourism Infrastructure for the years to come.