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Trans Maldivian Airways (TMA) was founded in 1989, started with helicopter operations but the infrastructure couldn't support its operation and most resorts are only accessible by boat. The airline changed its operations to seaplane as it provides a faster and more convenient travel option than boats. TMA was previously named 'Hummingbird Island Helicopters' and 'Hummingbird Island Airways' until 2000. In 2013, the airline and Maldivian Air Taxi merged as a result of the Blackstone Group buyout. In 2017, Bain Capital announced that they are acquiring Trans Maldivian Airways, Bain Capital is now owning 80% of the airline.

TMA is the world's leading seaplane operator since 2014 recognised by World Travel Awards. The airline has its terminal next to Velana International Airport. It operates scenic flights, resort transfers, picnic flights, charter flights and domestic flights.

Baggage Policy

Different baggage policies apply for both carry-on and checked baggage.

Carry-on Baggage

Each passenger is entitled to a 5kg carry-on baggage. You can carry essential items with you as long as it is not any dangerous goods.

Checked Baggage

Passengers are allowed checked baggage that is no heavier than 20kg. Any checked baggage cannot exceed 32kg as it violates the aviation regulations. If you wish to purchase excess baggage please speak to our customer service team for more information.

Any oversized luggage have to charter a TMA flight for transport as a scheduled flight is has not got the capacity to accommodate such baggage.


Passengers flying with Trans Maldivian Airways will have to check in at the airport as online check in is not available.

Online Check-in

Online check-in is not available for passengers.

Airport Check-in

When passengers arrived at the airport, there are airport representatives who will direct passengers to the airline's check-in counter. Once check-in is completed, bus transfers will then transport passengers to the TMA terminal for departure.

International passengers can check-in once immigration procedures are completed after your flight. Please report to your hotel representative or tour operators if you have booked your trip through a hotel.

In-Flight Entertainment

In-flight magazines are available for passengers to read regarding information about hotel reviews.

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Hub Airport

Malé Velana International

Malé Velana International is located at the top of Maldives, serving over 50 destinations and with five airlines based here. FlyMe, Maldivian and Manta Air are amongst the airlines that are based at the airport. TMA has a terminal located just next to the airport. The airport is known to be the Gateway to the Maldives with one operating runway.

Airlines that fly to the airport include Go Air, AirAsia, Singapore Airlines, Qatar Airways, SilkAir and more.


The airline fleet consists of a series of de Havilland Canada DHC-6 aircraft, including one -100, two -200, 51 -300 and three -400 model.

Frequent Flyer Programme

No frequent flyer programme is offered to the passengers.

Airline Alliance

The airline does not belong to any airline alliance.