It has been proposed by Abu Dhabi Aviation to provide helicopter service in Maldives. This is such that it
starts before the original recommencement of helicopter services in Maldives. Maldivian Association of
Tourism Industry mentions in their annual report that negotiations are being held with ADA (Abu Dhabi
Aviation) after the proposal was submitted. The proposal mainly supports the idea of using helicopters
to provide taxi and ambulance services to the tourists staying in resorts.
The proposal was also confirmed by a top official of Maldives Civil Aviation Authority. Nonetheless, it
was stressed that the license can only be issued after an assessment. Last year, the UK civil aviation
authority was tasked to provide a review about the capability of the authority’s helicopter regulations.
ADA is currently the biggest helicopter operator in the Middle East. From the 61 aircrafts that it
operates, around 57 are helicopters.
It has been more than 15 years since commercial helicopter services ceased in Maldives. As of now,
helicopters are used in military and emergency cases. However, amendments were made by the year of
December about re-introducing the service within the country. It is believed that the tourism industry
could greatly be boosted by the helicopter operations. This is because the transport links between the
islands could be increased substantially.