Trans Maldivian Airways (TMA), the world’s biggest seaplane operator, has announced the acquisition of a DHC-6 Twin Otter, bringing the total number of aircraft in its inventory to 62. The newest addition to TMA’s fleet of DHC-6 Twin Otters is part of the company’s development strategy and will help boost tourism activity in the leading destination.
In order to get tourists from the airport to outlying resorts, the Maldives’ tourism industry heavily depends on seaplane transfers. TMA’s fleet expansion comes at a time when the airline is attempting to meet the destination’s exponential growth in the tourism sector, as witnessed by growing arrival numbers and new resort openings. TMA has gained more than ten new clients since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, and its exclusive clientele is anticipated to grow even more with the forthcoming resort developments in the Maldives.
TMA is also celebrating 30 years of operating seaplanes in the nation this year, which is a significant milestone for the company. TMA, which was founded in 1993, pioneered point-to-point connectivity in the Maldives, providing the tourism industry with the confidence and means to grow beyond the atolls of the capital, Male’. TMA has grown from two aircraft and four passengers to the world’s largest seaplane operator, transporting over a million passengers yearly to more than 80 resorts nationwide.