Maldivian, the national carrier of the Republic of Maldives, owned and operated by Island Aviation Services Limited (IAS), has appointed Bird Travels Pvt. Ltd, the airline management service arm of Bird Group as its General Sales Agent (GSA) in Mumbai. The appointment of Bird Travels is a move by the airline to build upon its presence in the international arena.
This GSA’s appointment is part of Maldivian’s expansion in India, which aims to strengthen the airline’s sales team and provide support to the Indian travel trade. On the international front, the airline currently operates in India and Bangladesh from its main hub at Velana International Airport.
This announcement also comes at a time when the Island nation is witnessing a surge in inbound tourists from India like never before. Currently, Maldives is the only country offering Indians to travel with the least encumbrances.
Addressing the airline’s forthcoming plans to launch operations in other strategic Indian markets, Aishath Jennifer, Deputy Managing Director, IAS, said, “The Maldives is the top destination in the South Asian region and the main leisure market for Indian travellers, and this relationship with Bird is a vital one for us and one we believe will flourish.”
With over 47 years of experience, Bird Group is one of India’s leading travel management companies, with offices in key Indian cities. The GSA office for Maldivian will be located in Mumbai.
Speaking on the new tie-up, Vijay Bhatia, President, Bird Group said “We are very delighted to be associated with Maldivian as their GSA in Mumbai and are confident that together both organizations will have a long and successful partnership. Strengthening the airline’s commitment and growing confidence in the market, Bird Travels is happy to take up the responsibility for the airline’s sales, marketing and ticketing activities in Mumbai”.
Bird Travels, the aviation management service division of Bird Group is the largest airline management company in India and represents 28 international airline both online and offline in India.
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