A trip to the Indian Ocean paradise of the Maldives is traditionally considered a one-of-a-kind vacation destination, usually reserved for special occasions like honeymoons, anniversaries and milestone anniversaries.

Unsurprisingly, getting to the remote Maldives archipelago has never been cheap and most tourists are willing to spend big bucks on flights and accommodation.

European low-cost airline Wizz Air, however, is looking to get in on the action and hopes to attract a new group of tourists to the Maldives who are willing to forego the luxuries of traditional airlines to save precious dollars.

The Hungarian budget carrier operates a fleet of Airbus A320 and A321 single-aisle jets in high-density configurations, so there’s no chance these planes could fly directly from Europe to the Maldives.

But it is technically possible to fly from the Icelandic capital of Reykjavík to the Maldives as Wizz Air opened a Persian Gulf branch in Abu Dhabi last year. Wizz Air intends to serve Malé four times a week from Abu Dhabi from October.

This means that passengers could, if they really wanted to, fly four and a half hours from Reykjavík to Budapest, connect on a nearly six-hour flight to Abu Dhabi, and then hop on a third Wizz Air flight for the 4 last hours and 15 minutes of your trip to the Maldives.

During these flights, passengers would obviously have to purchase all food and drink themselves, while supporting non-reclining seats with only 28″ of pitch.

Wizz Air first announced plans to open a base in Abu Dhabi just before the pandemic grounded flights in early 2020. Plans had to be put on hold but the airline, which was created in partnership with a local investment company, finally began operations last January.

The carrier currently operates just four aircraft from its Abu Dhabi base, but plans to add a fifth in time for the launch of service to the Maldives. From October, the airline will serve 34 destinations from Abu Dhabi only.

The Budapest-based carrier is also in talks with Saudi Arabia to open a subsidiary in the Kingdom, while Wizz Air continues to expand rapidly across Europe.

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Mateusz Maszczynski


Mateusz Maszczynski honed his skills as an international flight attendant at the Middle East’s most important airline and flew throughout the COVID-19 pandemic for a well-known European airline. Matt is passionate about the aviation industry and has become an expert in passenger experience and human-centered stories. Always on the cutting edge, Matt’s knowledge, analysis and news coverage are often used by some of the biggest names in journalism.