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New International Airport Boosts Holiday Options to Maldives

January 19, 2017

New International Airport Boosts Holiday Options to Maldives

KONOTTA, MALDIVES – The opening of international flights to Gan airport, adjacent to Addu township in the south of the Maldives, has opened a new era for the region – providing an alternative transportation offering that can save travellers valuable vacation time.

On 1 December SriLankan Airlines started flying from Colombo to the upgraded Gan airport, formerly a UK Royal Air Force refilling base until 1976 when it became a domestic airport. SriLankan Airlines now departs Colombo for Gan four times a week – Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays — at 06.55 for the 110-minute journey, using a 150-seat Airbus 320.

Since we consider Maldives our extended home market, we will explore every avenue to make sure that Gan receives the attention and visibility that it deserves,” said Saminda Perera, General Manager – Marketing, SriLankan Airlines.

Resorts in the south of the country have responded favourably.

Outrigger Konotta Maldives Resort has added an on-demand 30-minute Trans Maldivian Airlines sea plane service between Gan and our luxurious hideaway to meet the new service and provide additional convenience to our guests,” said John Allanson, General Manager of Outrigger Konotta Maldives Resort.

“Whether vacationers travel here to enjoy our spacious over-water villas, varied water sport activities or Navasana Spa – we know that the journey here is part of the holiday experience, so we warmly welcome the new option,” he said.

Allanson said Gan is “virtually on the doorstep” of the Outrigger and all the resorts in the southern atolls of Seenu, Gnaviyani, Gaafu Dhaalu and Gaafu Alifu.

Having international services landing directly in Gan 545 kms south of Male saves an estimated three hours on travel time to resorts in the south as it eliminates the need to connect with a scheduled commercial flight from Male to domestic airports in the south.

Hoteliers in the southern atolls now hope that airlines, especially those with big feeder hubs in the Middle East, will also introduce flights directly to Gan.

Gan international airport is currently served by domestic carriers Maldivian and Flyme, as well as SriLankan. Private jets are also able to land and park at Gan due to its new international status.

On SriLankan, round-trip tickets from Colombo to Gan start from around USD330. Outrigger is offering a limited-time New Year’s Deal up to 30-percent off when booking direct on www.Outrigger.com.

For any tourist who wishes to spend a holiday in an ambience which is not overcrowded and where not many things come between you and the turquoise Indian ocean, the Gan area is an ideal destination….it is for tourists who explore deeper,” said Saminda.

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Outrigger Resorts Appoints Apple Woo Outrigger Konotta

February 2, 2015

Outrigger Resorts Appoints Apple Woo Outrigger Konotta Maldives Resort Director of Sales & Marketing

PHUKET, THAILAND – Outrigger Resorts is pleased to announce the appointment of Apple Woo as Director of Sales & Marketing of the Outrigger Konotta Maldives Resort, which is scheduled to open in the third quarter of 2015.

Woo joined the company on 1 February 2015 and will report to Pascal Billon, General Manager, and on key marketing and sales initiatives to Mark Simmons, Outrigger Vice President, Sales & Marketing, Asia Pacific.

Woo, a Singaporean national, will be based in the Outrigger Asia Pacific office in Phuket, Thailand.

For the last 18 months Woo has been on sabbatical leave travelling the world. Prior to that she was Jumeirah Group Director of Global Sales for Southeast Asia and Hong Kong for five years. Before that she held senior sales and business development positions with Madinat Jumeirah Resort, Dubai, and the Mandarin Oriental Singapore, where she held a variety of operations and sales positions for 10 years.

“Apple brings a great depth and range of sales experience in premier resorts and hotels,” says Simmons. “She is well versed in the needs and expectations of high-end leisure markets from Asia Pacific, Europe, North America, and the Middle East. This will be a great asset as Outrigger Resorts pursues its aspiration of becoming the premier global beach resort brand.”

Apart from English, Woo is a fluent in Mandarin.

The Outrigger Konotta Maldives Resort will offer a complete sense of privacy and intimate luxury with 27 beachfront one- and two-bedroom pool villas and 21 overwater pool villas. Four additional beachfront pool villas and an overwater presidential villa are also planned.

The resort will be supported by a full range of facilities and services, including new and innovative dining concepts, a marine education center, a Navasana Spa, and retail outlets.

 

 

 


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