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Etihad and Maldivian Announce Interline Partnership

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Etihad and Maldivian, the flag carrier airline of the Maldives, have joined forces to simplify travel to and from the Maldivian archipelago, in the name of a bilateral interline agreement.

This means that travelers visiting the Maldives will be able to connect seamlessly between Etihad and Maldivian flights, including passengers arriving from or departing to the U.S.

“This interline will elevate the overall customer experience across the entire journey,” said Arik de, chief revenue officer at Etihad. “Facilitated by smooth connections from Malé, Etihad customers can easily transition to Maldivian’s services, reaching a wide range of domestic destinations to begin their idyllic island retreat.”

The news comes 3 months after fellow UAE carrier, Emirates, announced a similar partnership with the Maldivian.

Here’s what Etihad and Maldivian’s interline agreement means for travel to the Maldives.

Etihad and Maldivian’s New Interline Agreement

Getting to your luxury resort in the Maldives isn’t as simple as flying to Malé.

The island nation is spread over hundreds of miles, with a total of 527 miles between Gan (GAN), its most southern airport, and Hoarafushi (HRF), it’s most northern.

Depending on the location of your hotel, you then have to transfer onto either a speedboat, a seaplane, or a Maldivian Airlines flight.

Maldivian A320 at Male Airport
A Maldivian A320 almost ready to push back at Malé International Airport. Image Credit: Daniel Ross

Using a seaplane or a speedboat to travel sometimes over an hour to get to your final destination can also add several hundred dollars more per person to your trip.

This new interline agreement, which enables bags to be checked from your departure airport right through to your final Maldivian destination (and vice versa) on 1-ticket itineraries, could make your journey between Malé and your resort far more streamlined and hopefully less costly.

The 16 airports included in the interline agreement are:

  • Dharavandhoo Island (DRV)
  • Faresmathoda Airport (FMT)
  • Funadhoo Airport (FND)
  • Fuvahmulah Island Airport (FVM)
  • Gan Island Airport (GAN)
  • Hanimaadhoo Island Airport (HAQ)
  • Hoarafushi Airport (HRF)
  • Ifuru (IFU)
  • Kaadedhdhoo Island Airport (KDM)
  • Kadhdhoo Island (KDO)
  • Koodoo Island (GKK)
  • Kulhuhuffushi Airport (KDL)
  • Madivaru Airport (LVM)
  • Maafaru International Airport (NMF)
  • Maavarulu Airport (RUL)
  • Thimarafushi Airport (TMF)

Flying to Maldives With Etihad

As it stands, Etihad flies nonstop to Abu Dhabi (AUH) from 5 cities in North America: Boston (BOS), Chicago (ORD), New York (JFK), Toronto (YYZ), and Washington D.C (IAD).

From Abu Dhabi, Etihad currently offers 10 weekly nonstop services to Malé (MLE) — the main international airport of Maldives and hub airport for flag carrier Maldivian.

From January 1, 2024, this route will increase to 14 weekly flights.

Hot Tip:

Etihad is an exceptional airline that offers comfortable flights from the U.S. to the Middle East and beyond. Take a look at our comprehensive guide on Etihad’s direct routes from the U.S.

Final Thoughts

With the recent interline agreement between Etihad and Maldivian, travelers who live in Boston, Chicago, New York, Toronto, or Washington, D.C., or who plan to reposition to one of these cities for their Maldives journey, may find their trip to the stunning Maldives more convenient and possibly even less expensive.

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Daniel has loved aviation and travel his entire life. He earned a Master of Science in Air Transport Management and has written about travel and aviation in publications like Simple Flying, The Points Guy, and more.

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