Vistara may be a little late to the party, but the airline is about to launch flights to the paradise islands of the Maldives.
Vistara will fly to Malé from March 3
For a while now, Dubai and the Maldives have been favourite spots for Indians looking to get away and enjoy a break.
Vistara’s flights to the UAE are well established, but the Maldives has been missing from their route map - until now.
The Tata-Singapore Airlines joint venture airline says it will launch a three-times-a-week service from Mumbai to Malé, the capital of the Maldives, on March 3. Flights are blocked at 2 hours 45 minutes in both directions and run per the following schedule:
- Flight UK271 departs Mumbai on Weds, Sat, Sun at 1.45pm, arrives 4pm
- Flight UK272 departs Malé on Weds, Sat, Sun at 5pm, arrives 8.15pm
Roundtrip fares start from INR 17,699 (USD 243) in economy, INR 23,799 (USD 327) in premium and INR 46,999 (USD 647) in business class, pictured below. The pricing looks pretty competitive when you compare it to Air India, which only offers (less convenient) connecting flights via Bengaluru.
Indigo and GoAir also fly the route direct, but you probably won’t be too excited about that if you’re looking for a premium option.
If you want to find out what’s waiting for you in business class, click here to read our review of the Vistara A320.
An afternoon arrival in Malé isn't ideal
It’s great that Vistara is getting round to adding flight to Maldives, though it’s a little intriguing for a couple of reasons:
- Vistara would have been smarter to launch this service before now, since Indians have been flying to the Maldives for some time already
- As people have been commenting on social media, the scheduling isn’t great. Maldives hotels are famously expensive, and a 4pm arrival into Malé is hardly ideal. A morning arrival would be much more attractive, given the price of accommodation on the islands
The new flights are being launched as part of the travel bubble agreement between the Maldives and India.
According to Vistara, all tourist establishments in the Maldives have been regulated to ensure that they are in line with the COVID-19 safe tourism guidelines issued by the Maldivian Ministry of Tourism and upholding high standards of safety and hygiene.
Commenting on the launch of the new route, Leslie Thng, Vistara CEO, said:
“Our new service to the Maldives will give travellers greater access to one of India’s most-preferred holiday destinations. We are delighted at the opportunity of taking India’s Best Airline to more places and offering the very best of air travel to people flying between India and the Maldives while maintaining the highest standards of safety and hygiene.”
Though it sure would have been nice to see these flights added earlier, it’s great that Vistara is about launch a new service to Malé, the capital of the Maldives.
The only full service carrier flying directly on the route, Vistara flights will be a no-brainer for those looking for a premium option to the Maldives (though a morning arrival would definitely be more appealing than landing in Malé at 4pm).
Are you excited about flying to the Maldives with Vistara?