Ifuru Island Maldives, with Ifuru Airport developed alongside the premium all-inclusive resort property, opened Tuesday. The state-of-the-art resort, with a total of 147 villas, is the second resort with its own airport.

Ifuru Island Maldives has six restaurants and four bars in addition to several other leisure and guest facilities, including sports centres and a 24-hour fitness centre.

The resort has also partnered with world champion skydiver Will Penny to create the country’s first permanent skydiving dropzone – a major skydiving event is in the works to put the dropzone on the skydiving, and adventure tourists’, map.

Ifuru Airport is operated by Island Aviation Services Limited (IASL).

The property developed by Ifuru Investments, which is owned by the Coastline Group of Companies, is held and operated by The Small Maldives Island Company, a joint venture between Coastline Group of Companies and Australia’s Hospitality Strategies.

The Small Maldives Island Company, founded in 2012, has a stated focus on resort management in the Maldives for Coastline Hotels and Resorts, and currently manages Amilla Fushi and Finolhu, in addition to Ifuru.

The Coastline Group of companies, founded in 1994, has interests in logistics, oil imports, storage and distribution, piling and construction, building material supplies, hotel resort development, condominium development, airport ownership, development and operation, luxury yachts and boat manufacturing.

Island Aviation Services Limited is a wholly state owned enterprise and is the  operator of the national airline, Maldivian, which operates nation-wide domestic flights and, according to the company’s website, also maintains international services to India, Bangladesh, Thailand and China from its main hub at Velana International Airport.