Coronavirus Air Travel
Here is all You Need to Know if You are Planning on Travelling to The Maldives during the Coronavirus pandemic
Flydubai to restart Maldives flights on Oct 27
20 Sep, 2020
Dubai-based airline, flydubai has announced today the resumption of flights to Malé, the capital of the island nation, the Maldives. The service, which the carrier initially operated between 2013 and 2018, will be reinstated from 27 October due to popular demand as the Indian Ocean destination welcomed back tourists of all nationalities earlier this summer.
flydubai flights will operate 4 times a week to Malé on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays. Flight FZ 1569 will depart from Terminal 3, Dubai International (DXB) at 10:35 and the return flight FZ 1570 will depart from Maldives’ Ibrahim Nasir International Airport (MLE) at 23:30 (local time). This brings the number of destinations flydubai operates to 40 across its network in Africa, Central Asia, Europe, Indian Subcontinent and the Middle East.
Commenting on the start of flights to Malé, Ghaith Al Ghaith, Chief Executive Officer at flydubai, said: “We continue to see signs of recovery as more countries start to lift restrictions on international travel. Working together, all the stakeholders in the travel industry have a role to play to safeguard travel in this new environment enabling more people to travel confidently. We remain agile in our operations and committed to gradually adding more flights to further support the flow of trade and tourism around the region as we look ahead to this new way of travel in the months to come.”
Qatar Airways Network to Expand to More Than 90 Destinations
20 Sep, 2020
Qatar Airways continues to lead the aviation industry offering more global connectivity than any other airline.
With the airline’s network never falling below 30 destinations since the onset of the pandemic, the resumption of services to Amman, Entebbe, Hanoi, Seychelles, Windhoek and Yerevan and the launch of new flights to Accra will see the airline’s global network more than triple in size by mid-October.
The airline’s resilience and commitment to providing connectivity has also seen it launch several new destinations since the start of the pandemic, including Accra, Brisbane and Cebu.
The airline’s variety of fuel-efficient aircraft and strategic network management has enabled it to quickly resume flights and expand services in line with passenger demand.
The following destinations are planned to resume flights or increase frequencies:
- Amman (daily flights started September 15, carriage of passengers limited to AMM-DOH only)
- Clark (increasing to nine weekly flights from September 20)
- Copenhagen (increasing to 10 weekly flights from October 15)
- Dhaka (increased to seven weekly flights from September 19)
- Entebbe (three weekly flights starting October 2)
- Hanoi (four weekly flights starting October 3)
- Madrid (increasing to 10 weekly flights from October 1)
- Manchester (increasing to 17 weekly flights from October 15)
- Manila (increasing to 17 weekly flights from October 2)
- Seychelles (three weekly flights starting October 15)
- Stockholm (increasing to 10 weekly flights from October 15)
- Windhoek (three weekly flights starting October 15)
- Yerevan (five weekly flights started September 15, increasing to daily from October 5)
“We are proud to be the leading global airline connecting passengers with the world, helping take people safely and sustainably to where they need to be. Having one of the youngest, most fuel-efficient fleets enables us to be agile and respond quickly to passenger demand. Our focus throughout the rebuild of our network is not only on restarting destinations but also operating as many frequencies as possible to provide our passengers the flexibility to travel when they want,” Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive Akbar Al Baker said.
Direct Flights from Zurich to the Maldives. Edelweiss will come back to Maldives on Sept 26
17 Sep, 2020
Edelweiss will again be flying directly from Zurich to Male in the Maldives from September 26.
For travel between September 2020 and September 2021, the Swiss leisure airline flies again twice a week from Zurich directly to Male.
With the Maldives, Edelweiss is adding another vacation destination to its range for the coming autumn vacations.
“Over 1,200 islands in the Indian Ocean with its crystal clear water offer divers and snorkelers a breathtaking backdrop. Almost nowhere is there so much privacy as on the many beautiful, small islands,” Patrick Heymann, Chief Commercial Officer of Edelweiss, was quoted in a statement, as saying.
The connection is bookable on flyedelweiss.com and through all the usual sales channels.
Edelweiss says any flight timetable changes that may become necessary due to new or reintroduced entry restrictions will be communicated promptly.
The airline will also continue to guarantee free and flexible rebooking options, so that travel can be planned worry-free.
Etihad Offers Passengers Complimentary COVID-19 Insurance
14 September, 2020
Etihad Airways, the national airline of the UAE, is introducing COVID-19 global wellness insurance cover as part of Etihad Wellness, the airline’s new health and hygiene programme.
Guests who are diagnosed with COVID-19 during their trip won’t have to worry about medical expenses or quarantine costs when they fly with Etihad.
Duncan Bureau, Senior Vice President Sales and Distribution, Etihad Airways, said: “The safety, health, and wellbeing of our guests and employees is our top priority, during and beyond the flight. The introduction of global COVID-19 insurance, in partnership with AXA, builds on stringent measures already in place as part of our Etihad Wellness programme, championed by our Wellness Ambassadors.
“This additional cover will not only instil confidence to travel but also reassure our guests that we are doing all we can to keep them safe and protected. As more countries start opening their borders, we are making it as easy as possible for our guests to plan their next trip, hassle-free.”
All Etihad tickets regardless of the date of booking, traveling between now and 31 December 2020 will include COVID-19 insurance. Guests with existing bookings don’t need to do anything – they are automatically enrolled into the programme. The insurance is valid worldwide for 31 days from the first day of travel.
Adelane Mecellem, Chief Executive Officer Asia, Middle-East, Turkey and Africa, AXA Partners, said: “At AXA, we are focused on improving the customer experience and wellness of individuals during these times. As such, we are proud to partner with one of the world’s leading airlines, Etihad Airways, and provide their extensive loyal travellers with new protection solutions when needed most.”
For new bookings, simply book your next flight on www.etihad.com, the mobile app, by calling the Etihad Airways Contact Centre in Abu Dhabi on +971 600 555 666 (UAE), or through your preferred travel agency – there are no forms to complete
If you are diagnosed with COVID-19 while you’re away from home, COVID-19 global wellness insurance will cover up to EUR150K of medical costs and up to EUR100 a day of quarantine costs in case of a positive diagnosis for 14 days.
Air India Flys to Delhi from Male
14 September, 2020
CypreaAir & Holidays has announced that Air India, the flag carrier airline of India, is now operating Delhi to Male and Male to Delhi sectors via Trivandrum under Vande Bharat Mission, Air Bubble arrangements.
Delhi – Male (via Trivandrum) Economy class oneway fare starts from USD 268.00 + Service fee and Male – Delhi (via Trivandrum) Economy class oneway fare starts from USD 313.00 + Service fee.
Trivandrum – Male Economy class oneway fare is priced starting from USD 186.00 + Service fee and Male – Trivandrum Economy class oneway fare starting from USD 172.00 + Service fee.
*Fares are subject to change on the availability of seats and currency fluctuation.
*Baggage to be labelled only up to Trivandrum on AI 264 due Customs directive for Trivandrum Airport.
Aeroflot to resume Maldives flights on Sept 10 with twice weekly service
8 September, 2020
Aeroflot will resume flights to the Maldives on September 10.
The Russian flag carrier will operate two services per week between Moscow and Male, on the following schedule:
- Flight SU0322: Sheremetyevo – Male, on Thursdays and Sundays.
- Flight SU0323: Male – Sheremetyevo, on Fridays and Sundays.
This signed directive extends air services to Egypt, the United Arab Emirates, and the Maldives on a mutual basis, the government’s press service reported.
The government said it had authorized 3 flights a week to Cairo, as well as 2 flights a week to Dubai and to the Maldives’s Velana International Airport.
The decision was proposed by the anti-coronavirus crisis center based on the criteria voiced earlier (40 new cases of the coronavirus infection per 100,000 of population during 14 days, no more than 1% of daily growth of the new cases over 14 days and the coronavirus spread coefficient not higher than one over a week).
Russia closed borders and suspended international air travel on March 28 in response to COVID-19 pandemic. From 1st August, the country resumed flights to Great Britain, Tanzania, and Turkey. Air service was restored between Russia and Switzerland from 15th August.
Russia is the 4th most important market to Maldives based on figures from January 2020. In 2019, the Russian market showed a 17.5% growth in arrivals to Maldives.
Etihad to provide COVID-19 insurance to passengers to boost travel confidence
8 September, 2020
DUBAI (Reuters) – Abu Dhabi’s Etihad Airways on Monday said it would cover medical and quarantine costs for passengers if they contract the new coronavirus after traveling on one of its flights.
Airlines around the world are trying to find ways to stimulate demand that has been shattered by the pandemic and expected to take years to recover.
Medical costs of up to 150,000 euros ($177,000) and quarantine costs of up to 100 euro a day for 14 days will be covered by Etihad for its passengers who contract the disease within 31 days of first travel.
“This additional cover will not only instil confidence to travel but also reassure our guests that we are doing all we can to keep them safe and protected,” Etihad Vice President Duncan Bureau said in a statement.
The COVID-19 cover is included in the airfare of tickets for travel until the end of the year, valid around the world and is being offered in partnership with insurance firm AXA (AXAF.PA).
The move matches Dubai’s Emirates, which in July started offering free COVID-19 insurance.
Etihad resumed passenger flight operations to the Maldives on July 18. The airline currently operates a 136-seater A320 jet between Abu Dhabi and Male every Tuesday and Saturday.
Maldivian Resumes Flights to Trivandrum
3 September, 2020
National air carrier MaldivianAero has resumed flights to Trivandrum, India from 10th of September.
The price of the return fare of the flight starts at $325. Flights will operate every Thursday and Saturday. Maldivian ensures passengers of health and safety measures while flying with the airline. This includes temperature screening and enhanced cleaning and disinfection of all aircraft after each flight.
Maldivian informs that a valid VISA is required for travel and passengers need to register at here 24 hours prior to departure/arrival.
Contact Maldivian Holidays for bookings/enquiries at +960 3331282 or +960 7915588 (Viber) or email to email@example.com
Qatar Airways Offers the Maximum Global Connectivity Than Any Other Airline
3 September, 2020
Qatar Airways continues to lead the industry in providing global connectivity by resuming flights to just over half the destinations it operated pre-COVID-19. Since the onset of the pandemic, Qatar Airways network has never fallen below 30 destinations with continuous services to five continents. By mid-September, the national carrier of the State of Qatar will operate over 650 weekly flights to more than 85 destinations, providing more flexible travel options to more global destinations than any other airline.
During the month of September, the airline will resume flights to the following destinations:
- Houston (three weekly flights started 2 September increasing to four weekly from 15 September)
- Kathmandu (one weekly flight starting 5 September)
- Mogadishu (three weekly flights starting 6 September)
- Philadelphia (three weekly flights starting 16 September)
- Sialkot (three weekly flights started 1 September)
The airline’s variety of fuel-efficient efficient aircraft and strategic network management has also enabled it to increase frequencies in the following destinations, providing more flexible travel options to passengers:
- Ankara (increased to daily from 1 September)
- Baghdad (increasing to 11 weekly flights from 3 September)
- Basra (increased to daily flights from 2 September)
- Djibouti (increasing to six weekly flights from 6 September)
- Erbil (increasing to 11 weekly flights from 3 September)
- Ho Chi Minh City (increasing to daily flights from 15 September)
- London Heathrow (increased to four daily flights from 1 September)
- New York JFK (increased to double daily flights from 1 September)
- Sulaymaniyah (increased to daily flights from 2 September)
Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive, His Excellency Mr. Akbar Al Baker, said: “We are proud to be the leading global airline connecting passengers with the world, operating one of the youngest, most fuel-efficient and sustainable fleets to take people safely to where they need to be. The gradual rebuilding of our network has been focused on strengthening connections between our hub in Doha and key gateways around the world as well as major business and leisure destinations. The resumption of flights to Philadelphia will provide seamless connections via our U.S. partners to several key domestic points such as Atlanta, Detroit and Miami. Similarly, the increase in frequencies to Djibouti, Ho Chi Minh City, London and New York will provide further air freight capacity to these important trade and economic centres.
“The recovery of international travel will take time but returning to over 50 per cent of our pre-COVID-19 network is a significant milestone. Restoring passenger confidence is key, and we are proud to lead the industry by offering one of the most flexible and generous booking policies that enables customers to plan their travel with confidence. By continuing to fly during the pandemic while others stopped, we have gained the trust of passengers as an airline they can rely on. We have taken more international passengers home than any other airline during this pandemic and as entry restrictions ease and we resume more of our pre-COVID-19 network, we remain focused on our fundamental mission of carrying passengers across the globe safely and reliably. There are still millions of people who have not seen their friends and families for months and our growing network allows them to travel home or take a trip to see loved ones. With a young fleet of fuel efficient aircraft such as the Airbus A350 and Boeing 787 operating the majority of the current network, Qatar Airways continues to offer passengers a sustainable solution for their travel plans.
“We also remain in close contact with Australian authorities regarding flight restrictions as ensuring the ongoing repatriation of passengers to the country is becoming increasingly challenging. Despite the restrictions on passengers allowed to be carried into the country, we continue to fulfil our mission to facilitate ongoing repatriation for as many people as possible by operating a robust Australian network to five cities, Adelaide, Brisbane, Melbourne (currently no inbound passengers permitted), Perth and Sydney, offering more flights than any other international airline. While other airlines grounded operations, we maintained our flights, carrying almost 40% of all international travellers to and from Australia between April and June 2020, helping to take over 180,000 Australian and international travellers home since the start of the crisis. These flights have also helped maintain vital supply chains for Australian businesses with our airline carrying over 15,000 tonnes of Australian goods since 1 March 2020.”
To ensure travellers can plan their travel with peace of mind, the airline has extended its booking policies to offer even more choice to its passengers. The airline will allow unlimited date changes, and passengers can change their destination as often as they need if it is within 5,000 miles of the original destination. The airline will not charge any fare differences for travel completed before 31 December 2020, after which fare rules will apply. All tickets booked for travel up to 31 December 2020 will be valid for two years from the date of issuance. For full terms and conditions visit qatarairways
According to the latest IATA data, Qatar Airways has become the largest international carrier between April to June by fulfilling its mission of taking people home. This enabled the airline to accumulate unmatched experience in carrying passengers safely and reliably and uniquely positioned the airline to effectively rebuild its network. The carrier has stringently implemented the most advanced safety and hygiene measures on board its aircraft and in Hamad International Airport.
Qatar Airways’ onboard safety measures for passengers and cabin crew include the provision of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for cabin crew and a complimentary protective kit and disposable face shields for passengers. Business Class passengers on aircraft equipped with Qsuite can enjoy the enhanced privacy this award-winning business seat provides, including sliding privacy partitions and the option to use a ‘Do Not Disturb (DND)’ indicator. Qsuite is available on flights to more than 30 destinations including Frankfurt, Kuala Lumpur, London and New York. For full details of all the measures that have been implemented onboard and in HIA, please visit qatarairways
Qatar Airways operations are not dependent on any specific aircraft type. The airline’s variety of modern fuel-efficient aircraft has meant it can continue flying by offering the right capacity in each market. Due to COVID-19’s impact on travel demand, the airline has taken the decision to ground its fleet of Airbus A380s as it is not commercially or environmentally justifiable to operate such a large aircraft in the current market. The airline’s fleet of 49 Airbus A350 and 30 Boeing 787 are the ideal choice for the most strategically important long-haul routes to Africa, the Americas, Europe and Asia-Pacific regions.
Qatar Airways’ home and hub, Hamad International Airport (HIA), has implemented stringent cleaning procedures and applied social distancing measures throughout its terminals. Passenger touchpoints are sanitized every 10-15 minutes and boarding gates and bus gate counters are cleaned after each flight. In addition, hand sanitizers are provided at immigration and security screening points. HIA was recently ranked “Third Best Airport in the World”, among 550 airports worldwide, by the SKYTRAX World Airport Awards 2020. HIA was also voted the ‘Best Airport in the Middle East’ for the sixth year in a row and ‘Best Staff Service in the Middle East’ for the fifth year in a row.
IndiGo Announced Non-stop Flights between Male` and Kochi
1 Sep, 2020
India’s low-cost carrier IndiGo has introduced non-stop flights between Kochi and Male` with effect from 3rd September 2020.
Flights are operated only on Thursday and Sunday. Schedules are subject to change without prior notice.
IndiGo is India’s largest passenger airline with a market share of 60.4% as of July 2020. The airline primarily operates in India’s domestic air travel market as a low-cost carrier with focus on three pillars – offering low fares, being on-time and delivering a courteous and hassle-free experience. However, IndiGo is not only the most efficient low fare operator domestically but is also comparable with global low-cost airlines.
For any queries, connect with the IndiGo sales team or visit goIndiGo.in.
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