The airline has unveiled two new seasonal routes for the 2023-24 winter season, with the new non-stop flights to Male’ (MLE) commencing on October 22, three times a week, and on November 15 to Providenciales (PLS) twice a week.
The sought-after Indian Ocean vacation destination has dozens of resorts spread across 1,200 atolls and sandy beaches, offering white sand beaches and sheltered lagoons. In 2019, before the pandemic hit, more than 1.7 million tourists visited the luxury destination.
Virgin Atlantic flights to the Maldives can be booked from November 30, though the exact flight schedule has not been revealed. The airline will also be offering holiday packages to the islands from November 18.
These flights will be a convenience for UK residents and one of the easiest ways for Americans to get to the Maldives, which is now restricted to flying through Dubai, Doha or Abu Dhabi with Middle Eastern airlines. British Airways also operates the route to the Maldives from London Heathrow.
“The Maldives has always been an incredibly popular destination for Virgin Atlantic Holidays customers,” said Juha Jarvinen, Chief Commercial Officer, Virgin Atlantic. Which is why we can’t wait to give them the chance to fly to their ideal location in style on Virgin Atlantic flights. “
Virgin Turks and Caicos
Virgin Atlantic is also expanding its portfolio of sand and surf destinations with a twice-weekly route from London to Providenciales, an island in the Caribbean archipelago of the Turks and Caicos Islands.
The islands also offer white beaches, turquoise waters and an extensive barrier reef, home to colorful coral reefs, dolphins, turtles and stingrays – a world-class destination for snorkeling and diving.
Virgin Atlantic already flies to nearby islands, including the Bahamas, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Jamaica, and St. Lucia.
“We couldn’t be more thrilled to add these two new itineraries to our touring collection. Nothing makes our hearts soar like a new destination to explore, so, with two about to join our network, there’s really only one question. Where do we start?” Garvinen said.
Virgin Atlantic will operate both routes with Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner aircraft, equipped with 258 seats in three classes: 31 in Business Class, 35 in Premium Economy and 192 in Economy Class.
Richard Branson, the airline’s founder, is taking over directly British Airways in these ways. The company operates year-round to the Maldives – daily during the peak winter season and three times a week during the holiday season – and to Providenciales but only via Nassau.