Manta Air connects B’luru-Maldives

Manta Air, an aviation company based in Maldives, is set to make a foray into the international arena. Ahmed Maumoon, Deputy CEO, Manta Air, unveils their plans, outlining the three weekly flights connecting Dhaalu and Bengaluru from March 2024.

Meetu Malhotra

Having been in operation for five years now Manta Air has established itself as a player in both seaplane and wheel plane services within the Maldives. With a fleet consisting of 18 seaplanes and three ATR aircraft, the company’s focus has been on ferrying tourists to resorts from Dhaalu Airport. However, with the tourism landscape evolving in the region Manta Air recognized the demand for short-haul tourist routes and began working towards securing international approvals. “After consideration, we have opted to explore flights to tap into emerging opportunities,” said Ahmed Maumoon, Deputy CEO, Manta Air.

After approvals granted by authorities in September, they wasted no time in progressing with their plans to launch flights from Bengaluru—an important hub, for outbound travel. The first flight, from Bengaluru to the Maldives is set for 1 March 2024 operating on Fridays, Sundays and Tuesdays. The departure times are at 1:30 am from Dhaalu and 6:45 am from Bengaluru ensuring passengers reach the Maldives by 9:30 am.

Maumoon highlighted the benefits of the route emphasizing on the convenience of bypassing transit delays at Male Airport and the top-notch onboard services provided by Manta Air. “Our planes offer interiors and tailored amenities for passenger comfort,” he mentioned. “Additionally, we offer meal options catering to preferences, including vegetarian choices,” he added.

The choice to start operations from Bengaluru was influenced by its significance as a market for travellers visiting the Maldives. Maumoon referenced data showing that a significant percentage of tourists pass through Bengaluru showcasing the route’s potential to offer travel experiences.Looking forward, Maumoon mentioned, Manta Air plans for growth, such as expanding Dhaalu Airport’s runway to
handle aircraft, like the A321. This strategic move aims to enhance travel efficiency and opens up destinations beyond Bengaluru, potentially.

At a glance

  1. NTA AIR Flight between Kempegowda International Airport (BLR) and Dhaalu Airport (DDD) starts 1 March 2024; three flights per week on Tuesday, Friday and Sunday
  2. Dhaalu Airport conveniently located near multiple resorts
  3. ATR72-600 aircraft provides 2×2 seating pitch with increased legroom



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