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The Maldives was long a sultanate, first under Dutch and then under British protection. It consists of1,190 coral islands grouped into 26 atolls (200 inhabited islands, plus 80 islands with tourist resorts); archipelago with strategic location astride and along major sea lanes in Indian Ocean.  It became a republic in 1968, three years after independence. Tourism and fishing are being developed on the archipelago.

AirlineOperating DatesIATA : ICAOTreeStatusUpdate Reason

 Air Cargo Maldives

**** - ****  Status? 

 Air Equator

2004 - 2006*-- : EQU Inactive 

 Air Maldives

1974 - 1994 >Air MaldivesRenamed 

 Air Maldives

1994 - 2001* Air MaldivesInactive 

 Far East Airlines Maldives

**** - ****  Status? 

 FlyMe (Villa Air)

2011 - dateVP : VQI Active 

 Hummingbird Island Airways

1989 - 1997* >Trans Maldivian AirwaysRenamed 

 Inter Atoll Air

**** - ****  Status? 

 Island Aviation Services

2000 - 2008Q2 : DQA>MaldivianRenamed 

 Maldives Air Services

1989 - 1994 >Air MaldivesRenamed 

 Maldives Airways

1984 - 1987MQ : --- Inactive 

 Maldives International Airlines

1977 - 1979*FZ : --->Air MaldivesRenamed 

 Maldivian

2008 - dateQ2 : DQAMaldivianActive 

 Maldivian Air Taxi

1993 - date  Active 

 Mega Maldives (Mega Global Air)

2011 - date5M : MEG Active 

 Ocean Air

2001* - 2001*  Inactive 

 Seagull Airways

**** - ****  Status? 

 SunExpress Airlines

1999 - 2001  Inactive 

 Trans Maldivian Airways

1997* - date-- : TMWTrans Maldivian AirwaysActive 

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